Benfica goalkeeper Ederson will reportedly have a medical at Manchester City on Monday ahead of a proposed transfer costing more than £35 million.
The Mirror's David Anderson reported on Monday morning the Brazilian's medical will take place "in the next 24 hours" and that his fee is expected to exceed the world record for a goalkeeper, standing at £32.6 million.
City recently released the out-of-contract Willy Caballero, while Claudio Bravo endured a dismal first season in English football and did little to convince anyone he's worthy of the No. 1 spot.
Per football journalist Goncalo Lopes, the 23-year-old Ederson revealed he was likely to be leaving this summer after helping Benfica win the Taca de Portugal on Sunday:
Gonçalo Lopes @_GoncaloLopes
Ederson: "This was probably my last game for Benfica". @ManCity2017-5-28 19:34:09
Goal's Sam Lee believes the move is inevitable, though he expects the announcement to be made on Tuesday at the earliest:
Sam Lee @Sammy_Goal
With Ederson not due in until later today at the earliest, the dream of a Monday announcement dies. Only a matter of time, mind2017-5-29 08:11:50
The Brazilian is known for his excellent distribution—particularly from goal-kicks, though his technique with the ball at his feet is also befitting of a Pep Guardiola transfer target—and he's quick off his line to snuff out danger.
After witnessing Bravo's struggles, many City fans may be more concerned with his shot-stopping ability, and they will be relieved to know he kept 24 clean sheets in 40 matches this season.
His performance against Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League in February as Benfica won 1-0 is a particular testament to his quality, though as Sport Witness' Jan Hagen noted, he isn't immune to the occasional mistake:
Jan Hagen @PortuBall
@josemarianole Yeah, he could do well in the EPL. Has the odd mistake in him, though.2017-5-28 21:13:14
Nevertheless, provided he avoids the kind of disastrous start to his City career that befell Bravo—who looked excellent at Barcelona—he could be a strong acquisition who makes them more robust at the back.
Meanwhile, City winger Nolito is open to leaving the Etihad Stadium this summer, telling Tiempo de Juego (h/t MailOnline's John Downes): "We will see what happens. I would like to go back to Spain, honestly, but it depends on City. I have a contract for two years, and we will see what happens. Let's see. If three more wide players come and they offer me the chance to leave...I am like crazy to leave."
The 30-year-old made a bright start to his City career but quickly became the forgotten man, finishing the season with six goals and five assists in 1,349 minutes of play.
Nolito had to compete with Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling for game time in City's forward line, and he slipped even further down the pecking order after Gabriel Jesus arrived in January.
With the Sky Blues having added Bernardo Silva to their ranks, the Spaniard's chances of playing any significant minutes next year are almost nonexistent, so his departure seems likely.