Manchester City sign Benfica goalkeeper Ederson for £34.9 million


Manchester City’s swift movement in the transfer window continues with the signing of 23-year-old Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson.

The £34.9 million paid to Benfica is the British record transfer fee for a goalkeeper, showing the intent of Pep Guardiola to solve his side’s problems between the posts.

In pounds, Ederson is the most expensive goalkeeper in football history, eclipsing Gianluigi Buffon following his move from Parma to Juventus in 2001 for £33 million. In euros, Buffon is still the most expensive as Juventus paid €52 million compared to the €40 million that City have paid Benfica

Manchester City saw Joe Hart spend a season out on loan at Torino to make way for Claudio Bravo, signed for £13.75 million from Barcelona, but the Chilean’s spell in the Premier League has been a complete disaster.

Bravo’s poor form led to Willy Caballero grabbing the #1 spot at City, at least until the end of the season, as his contract was not renewed.

With Joe Hart highly unlikely to play for City again, the stage is set for Ederson to make a name for himself in English football.

Ederson joined Benfica as a senior player in 2015, initially as an understudy to Julio Cesar, before becoming the first-choice goalkeeper in their Primeira Liga and Taca de Portugal winning season.

Though he only made 55 appearances for Benfica, Ederson showed enough quality to earn a call-up to the Brazilian national team for the Copa America in 2016, but pulled out due to injury.

Ederson is Manchester City’s second signing of the summer following Bernardo Silva from Monaco, while Willy Caballero, Bacary Sagna, Gael Clichy and Jesus Navas have all left the club after their contracts expired.