Pep Guardiola will attempt to bring Benfica goalkeeper Ederson Moraes to Manchester City in January, signalling the end of Joe Hart’s City career.
That’s according to The Sun, who report Moraes was a City target last summer before Guardiola signed Claudio Bravo.
Pep is still keen on the Brazilian Moraes, 23, but any deal would not occur before next summer.
It is understood that City are prepared to pay £20million for Moraes who would act as back-up to Chile international Bravo.
Willy Caballero is out of contract next summer, Joe Hart is almost certain to leave, and Claudio Bravo is struggling to adapt to English football, so another goalkeeper appears to be on Pep Guardiola’s agenda.
Ederson is one of Europe’s most highly-rated young goalkeepers and has also been linked with a move to Barcelona in recent months. He has a contract that runs until 2020 with a release clause of €30 million (£25 million).
David Pritchett of Planet Benfica while speaking to a Manchester City fansite City Watch said “as well as being a rock solid goalkeeper, Ederson’s distribution is ridiculously good and he was an outfield player in his youth.”