Football: Benfica confirm goalkeeper Ederson to join Manchester City

Benfica's Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson Moraes celebrates their second goal scored by teammate Mexican forward Raul Jimenez during the Portuguese league football against Vitoria Guimaraes SC at the Luz stadium in Lisbon on May 13, 2017.
Benfica's Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson Moraes celebrates their second goal scored by teammate Mexican forward Raul Jimenez during the Portuguese league football against Vitoria Guimaraes SC at the Luz stadium in Lisbon on May 13, 2017.PHOTO: AFP

(REUTERS) - Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson Moraes is joining Manchester City from Benfica for €40 million (S$62.2 million), the Portuguese champions said in a statement on Thursday (June 1).

The fee is close to the world record for a goalkeeper, with Juventus paying €40.2 million euros when they signed Gianluigi Buffon from Serie A rivals Parma in 2001. It has, however, eclipsed the previous highest fee paid by a British club for a 'keeper when David de Gea moved from Atletico Madrid to Manchester United for £18 million (S$32.1 million) in 2011.

There was no immediate confirmation from City, who finished third in the Premier League this season under Spanish manager Pep Guardiola.

City failed to win any silverware this season and are set to spend heavily over the summer to remodel their squad. They have already paid Monaco a reported £43 million for Portuguese midfielder Bernardo Silva.

Goalkeeping has been a particular headache for the Abu Dhabi-owned club, with England's Joe Hart sent out on loan at the start of the season and Claudio Bravo failing to convince in the role. Willy Caballero was released last Friday.