Pep Guardiola has continued his spending spree after Manchester City made Benfica goalkeeper Ederson their second signing of the summer, the second-most expensive goalkeeper deal in history.
The 23-year-old – who is yet to make his debut for Brazil – signed a five-year deal at the Etihad Stadium, with the move completed on Thursday.
Ederson costs City £35 million, making him – in pound sterling – the most expensive goalkeeper in history, surpassing the £33m Juventus paid Parma for Gianluigi Buffon in 2001.
However, City are keen to stress that it’s not a world record as the amount in Euros, which is how they paid Benfica (€40m), is lower than how much Juve paid for Buffon (€53m) in 2001.
Ederson flew into Manchester on Monday and was at City’s training ground on Tuesday to complete a medical and conduct interviews with the club’s in-house media channels, but official confirmation of his signing was held up by third-party ownership issues.
He will battle with Claudio Bravo for a place in the Pep Guardiola’s starting XI next season, with Willy Caballero having been released and Joe Hart to be sold following the end of his loan spell at Torino.
City’s summer spending now stands at £78m, after the club announced the £43m capture of Bernardo Silva from Monaco on Friday.