As expected, Manchester City have completed the £34.7million signing of Ederson, who becomes their second arrival since the end of last season.
Having decided Joe Hart did not figure in his plans for the future, Pep Guardiola sent the England international to Torino on loan last summer and spent £17million on Claudio Bravo. The former Barcelona goalkeeper has failed to impress during his debut season in England, and it now appears as though he will be warming the bench at the Etihad Stadium next term.
It was reported last month that Guardiola was closing on a £34.7million deal for Ederson, which would make the Brazilian the most expensive shot-stopper of all-time. Although uncapped, the 23-year-old will arrive at City with a reputation as one of the best in his position in Europe, having helped Benfica win two Portuguese league titles in the past two seasons.
“I like everything about Manchester City,” Ederson told City’s website. “This is a great club, the league they have here in England and they have amazing fans and they play splendid football. With Pep Guardiola, City are growing more and more. Manchester City has an amazing squad. Next season, we will have to be focused to achieve the goal of winning trophies.”
Ederson becomes the second signing City have made since the end of last season, following the capture of Bernardo Silva. The Portugal international had a fine campaign with Monaco, helping them to the Ligue 1 title and the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League, and the Blues saw off competition from a number of rival clubs overseas to land him for a fee of £43million.