Ederson ‘very happy’ following Etihad visit

Ederson has given a strong indication that he will be joining Manchester City in the summer, saying that his recent trip to the Etihad Stadium was a positive one.

The highly-rated young goalkeeper is reportedly at the top of Pep Guardiola’s shopping list, following a disappointing first season from Claudio Bravo, the man brought in to replace Joe Hart.

Speaking to Portuguese publication A Bola following his return from Manchester on Wednesday, the 23-year described the trip with much enthusiasm.

"I'm very happy." he said. "The first impressions were very good."

These comments support sentiments he expressed on Sunday, following Benfica’s Portuguese Cup final victory over Vitória de Guimarães.

Speaking to reporters after the match, the Brazil international acknowledged that Aguias fans may have seen the last of him in the famous red and white.

"This was probably my last game for Benfica," he said.

The deal, which is expected to cost the Citizens more than the £33m paid by Juventus for Gianluigi Buffon in 2001 – the long standing record amount paid for a goalkeeper – is yet to be finalised, with the matter of his ownership reportedly being a source of some complication.

The player’s current contract states that transfer fees are to be shared amongst his current employers, Benfica, his former club, Rio Ave, and his agent Jorge Mendes' Gestifute agency.