Manchester City told goalkeeping ace Ederson is not for sale

Manchester City may have to look elsewhere in their hunt for a new No. 1 after being rebuffed in their pursuit of Brazilian ace Ederson.

Manchester City have held long-standing interest in SL Benfica shot-stopper Ederson, who’s heralded as the ideal ball-playing keeper for Pep Guardiola’s system.

However, according to City Watch, young Ederson is not for sale.

City Watch cites a statement released by the Portuguese club’s president, Luis Felipe Vieria, in which he confirmed (sic):

“Ederson is not for sale. We have 50% of the pass and the rest have Rio Ave. We are just fine. It’s not for sale and that’s why we renewed it with him.”

LISBON, PORTUGAL – FEBRUARY 24: Benfica goalkeeper Ederson Moares from Brasil reacts during the match between SL Benfica and GD Chaves  (Photo by Carlos Rodrigues/Getty Images)

This is in reference to the fact that Benfica own only 50 percent of Ederson’s rights. Former club Rio Ave possessing the remaining half.

That means Benfica would receive only half of any transfer fee.

They are therefore unlikely to be willing to part with the highly-rated shot-stopper for anything less than an astronomical fee.

City are thought to be on the lookout for a new keeper, with summer arrival Claudio Bravo failing to impress so far this season.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – JANUARY 21: Claudio Bravo of Manchester City during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur  (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

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A skilled ball-playing keeper, Ederson could be the perfect addition between the City sticks.

At just 23, the keeper is already one of Europe’s best. A fact of which the Portuguese side are well aware; Ederson sports a £40 million price tag.

So perhaps City should browse other options before seriously considering an offer for him.