Manchester City have confirmed the signing of the goalkeeper Ederson from Benfica for £34.7million.
The 23-year-old Brazilian becomes Pep Guardiola’s second signing of the summer after the midfielder Bernado Silva.
Ederson’s fee is a British record for a goalkeeper but is eclipsed by the €53m Juventus paid Parma for Gianluigi Buffon in 2001. He will formally join City on July 1, when the transfer window opens.
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“I like everything about Manchester City,” Ederson told the club’s website. “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. 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.”
There are now four Brazilian players in Manchester City. Already at the Etihad are Fernando, Fernandinho and Gabriel Jesus.