Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

CITY Ederson Could Be the Solution to Guardiola Glove Affair at Blues

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

CITY Ederson Could Be the Solution to Guardiola Glove Affair at Blues

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CITY are expected to complete the signing of Benfica goalkeeper Ederson.

The 23-year-old Brazilian has been linked with a move to the Etihad Stadium for the last few months as Pep Guardiola seeks a fresh face in goal.

Claudio Bravo has struggled in his first campaign while Willy Caballero has been allowed to depart following the conclusion of the season with Joe Hart unlikely to have a future at the club.

And now City could make Ederson the most expensive goalkeeper in history with a £35m transfer.

Here's all you need to know about the man who could solve Pep Guardiola's goalkeeper issues at City.

BACKGROUND EDERSON is a Brazilian national who holds an EU passport, making a move to England easier.

He was born in Sao Paulo and started out with his local side Sao Paulo FC before moving to Benfica at the age of 16.

It's not been a smooth ride, with Benfica deciding to let him leave two years later after he failed to make an impression and he headed to the third tier in Portugal with Ribeirao.

An impressive season there saw him move back to the top division with Rio Ave in 2012.

He had to wait for his chance at the Vila do Conde-based club but finally it came during the 2014/15 season and he was soon established as Primeira Liga's side number one.

Moraes was starting to attract attention and Benfica were quick to snap him up again, with the stopper signing a five-year contract after a deal worth 500,000 euros was agreed.

After a spell as reserve team keeper, he broke into the Benfica first-team in March 2016, dislodging Julio Cesar, and has since produced a series of impressive performances.

Benfica went on a ten-match winning streak, winning the Primeira Liga and Taca da Liga with Ederson performing well throughout.

This season has brought more success with several outstanding displays in the Champions League strengthening his reputation. …

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