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Ederson set for City medical

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Last Updated: 30/05/17 4:45pm

Benfica goalkeeper Ederson is understood to be at Manchester City for a medical

Benfica goalkeeper Ederson is expected to have a medical at Manchester City on Tuesday, according to Sky sources.

It is understood the 23-year-old arrived in Manchester on Monday for further talks ahead of a proposed move for a figure of €40m (£34.7m).

The world-record fee for a goalkeeper is the €53m paid by Juventus to Parma for Gianluigi Buffon in 2001.

The highly-rated Brazilian goalkeeper originally joined Benfica as a 16-year-old but he left after two years for Portuguese lower-league side Ribeirao. He then went to Rio Ave, before Benfica signed him again in the summer of 2015.

His possible arrival at the Etihad Stadium casts further doubt over the prospects of City’s England international ‘keeper Joe Hart, who has been on loan at Torino.

City had their problems with the goalkeeper position last season following the controversial decision to jettison Hart.

Claudio Bravo was signed for £17.1m from Barcelona last summer but came in for criticism before sustaining an injury towards the end of the campaign, while Willy Caballero will leave when his contract expires this summer.

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And Ederson is potentially set to challenge Bravo, having won a pair of League titles at Benfica and been called into the Brazil squad in March, although he is yet to be capped at senior level.

He made what may prove to be his final appearance for Benfica on Sunday night as they completed the double by beating Vitoria Guimaraes 2-1 in the Portuguese Cup final.

When asked about City’s interest following Sunday’s match, Ederson told Portuguese newspaper Record: “I still do not know, but this was probably my last match with Benfica.”

City are wasting little time in strengthening ahead of the 2017/18 campaign, having already completed a £43m deal for Monaco midfielder Bernardo Silva.

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