Pep Guardiola is ready to pounce for the 23-year-old Benfica shot-stopper Emerson as his new No.1
Manchester City are set to break a world record fee for goalkeeper Ederson as they continue their huge summer spending spree.
Pep Guardiola was quick out of the blocks when he made Monaco playmaker Bernardo Silva his first post-season signing.
And now he is ready to pounce for the 23-year-old Benfica shot-stopper Emerson as his new No.1 – casting fresh doubt over Joe Hart’s future at the club.
Reports in Portugal suggest City will have to pay upwards of £35million, a fee that would eclipse the record £33m Juventus paid Parma for Gianluigi Buffon in 2001.
The deal, according to Goal , could be concluded as early as next week after Ederson has played in Benfica’s Portugal Cup final against Vitoria Guimaraes on Sunday.
Benfica only own 50 per cent of Ederson rights, however, with the Brazilian’s former club Rio Ave and football agency Gestifute owning the rest.
The move would increase the likelihood of Joe Hart leaving the Etihad Stadium .
It is understood Hart is wanted by a host of Premier League clubs – potentially including Manchester United , should David de Gea join Real Madrid as expected.
Hart has ruled out staying in Serie A, where the England international has spent a season-long loan spell at Torino.
Willy Caballero was released earlier this week but signing Ederson would challenge Claudio Bravo to fight for his place.
It is understood Hart is wanted by a host of Premier League clubs but he has ruled out staying in Serie A next season.