Ederson to Manchester City Transfer Confirmed for a Reported £34.9M Fee

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistJune 8, 2017

Benfica's Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson Moraes celebrates their second goal scored by teammate Mexican forward Raul Jimenez during the Portuguese league football match SL Benfica vs Vitoria Guimaraes SC at the Luz stadium in Lisbon on May 13, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL RIOPA        (Photo credit should read MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP/Getty Images)

Manchester City completed a deal to bring Benfica goalkeeper Ederson to the Etihad Stadium on Thursday.

News that the move had gone through came via City's official Twitter account:

Manchester City @ManCity

#WelcomeEderson https://t.co/mxjG4AAYuh

Per David Clayton of the club's official website, the goalkeeper said:

"I like everything about Manchester City. This is a great club, the league they have here in England and they have amazing fans and they play splendid football. I have always had the dream to play in English football and now I'm going to make it true.

"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."

City added further reaction from the stopper:

Ederson is Guardiola's team's second acquisition this summer, with Bernardo Silva having already joined from AS Monaco.

Football writer Jordan-Luke McDonald is pleased with the Citizens' business thus far:

Jordan-Luke McDonald @ByJordanLuke

Ederson and Bernardo Silva already signed. This summer is going to be beautiful for City. #mcfc

It's easy to see why based on his excellent campaign last season, per Squawka Football:

Squawka Football @Squawka

Ederson’s record for Benfica in the Primeira Liga in 2016/17: 27 games 🏃 20 wins 👊 18 clean sheets ⛔️ 12 conceded 🙌 1 title 🏆 https://t.co/1p8dUvu4YC

MailOnline's Chris Wheeler reported Ederson put pen to paper on a five-year deal, while the Mirror's Liam Prenderville reported the transfer fee as £34.9 million, a world record for a 'keeper in pounds sterling:

B/R Football @brfootball

Ederson is now the most expensive goalkeeper of all time 👀 💰 https://t.co/trwAASKr1i

However, Gianluigi Buffon's €50 million move from Parma to Juventus in 2001 remains top in euros, being €10 million more than City paid for Ederson.

The 23-year-old's progress has been rapid, having only cemented his place in the Benfica side in May 2016. As we can see here, the Brazil youth international has been impressive:

Ederson is an exciting prospect. His agility allows him to get to shots in the corner of the goal, while his command of his area is also impressive for a goalkeeper who is still developing.

The Brazilian showed what he's capable of in the UEFA Champions League against Borussia Dortmund, as he produced a stunning performance to help his team beat the German outfit 1-0 in the first leg of their knockout tie back in February.

Per WhoScored.com, the goalkeeper is always looking to deal with dangerous balls into the box and has done so at the highest level:

WhoScored.com @WhoScored

Ederson Moraes: Has punched the ball clear more times (8) than any other goalkeeper in the Champions League this season #UCL https://t.co/GW9CoLAu9A

What would have also appealed to Guardiola is Ederson's ease on the ball. The City boss demands that all of his players are proficient in possession, including the goalkeeper, and the Brazilian has shown he can distribute with authority.

Ederson is excellent in his distribution.
Ederson is excellent in his distribution.Gualter Fatia/Getty Images

Ederson even picked up an assist in the recent 5-0 win over Guimaraes, as his quick thinking and long-passing accuracy caught the defence off guard.

Sports journalist Rafael Hernandez believes the goalkeeper will fit the bill for Guardiola:

Rafael Hernández @RafaelH117

Benfica fans have nothing but praise for Ederson, confident he’ll be a wonderful addition to Manchester City.

The City manager brought in Claudio Bravo last summer as he sought to add a composed passer at the base of the team. And while the Chilean has showed that ability, his shot-stopping ability and confidence under the high ball were poor, costing the team at key moments.

Ederson may also take some time to adapt to the frantic and physical nature of English football. At 23, there is plenty of time for him to develop, although given the money spent to bring him to Manchester, those of a sky-blue persuasion will hope to see him make an immediate impact.


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