Manchester City have completed their second signing of the summer after finalising the £35million deal for Benfica goalkeeper Ederson.
Terms were agreed with the player and his Portuguese club last week but the move was held up while severance of the 23-year-old’s third-party ownership agreement was negotiated.
With that complete City were able to announce the Brazilian as Pep Guardiola’s next addition to his squad following the £43million arrival of Monaco playmaker Bernardo Silva.
“I like everything about Manchester City. I have always had the dream to play in English football and now I’m going to make it true,” Ederson told mancity.com.
“With Pep Guardiola, City are growing more and more. He is putting in place a young team for the future. Those were important factors in making my decision.
“Manchester City has an amazing squad. I think they managed to have a good season. Next season, we will have to be focused to achieve the goal of winning trophies.”
The transfer is being widely reported as a world-record fee paid for a goalkeeper – the £34.9m paid to Benfica pips the £33m Juventus paid to Parma for Gianluigi Buffon in 2001.
However, City are paying Benfica 40million euros, therefore technically still making Buffon’s transfer – 51 million euros in 2001 – the most expensive for a goalkeeper. The exchange rate at the time equated the fee to £32.6million.
The Brazilian, who has yet to win an international cap, is Guardiola’s second attempt at finding a goalkeeper who both fits his requirements in terms of playing style and can handle the Premier League.
Claudio Bravo’s move from Barcelona last season for £15.4million proved less than successful with a number of the 34-year-old’s performances coming in for criticism – and he was dropped in favour of reserve Willy Caballero for much of the second half of the campaign.
“We are delighted to bring Ederson to Manchester City,” said City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain.
“He is one of the best young goalkeepers in Europe and he is an important addition to the squad for next season and the coming seasons.
“He is young, has all the qualities you could want as a top-class goalkeeper and I think he’ll fit in really well to our squad.”
More to follow.