Four Factors Accelerating Ederson's Move to the Saudi League

The Brazilian Goalkeeper No Longer Feels Secure at Manchester City

Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson Moraes of Manchester City appears to be nearing the end of his tenure with the team, following reports of his potential departure in the summer of 2024.

Ederson, 30 years old, has been linked with a move to a club in the Roshn Professional League, spurred by the Saudi Investment Fund's interest in purchasing his contract, which runs until 2026 with Man City.

Despite Ederson's significance to Pep Guardiola's squad, his departure for the Saudi League seems plausible, contingent on his personal desire, as confirmed by Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano.

Several factors are contributing to Ederson's potential exit from Manchester City and his possible move to a Roshn Professional League club.

Guardiola Tension

Ederson caused significant controversy after displaying frustration during Manchester City's 2-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League last May. He suffered an injury following a hard tackle by Argentine defender Cristian Romero in the second half but continued to play until Guardiola substituted him to avoid conceding a goal amid a title race with Arsenal.

Ederson's reaction to being substituted—refusing to shake Guardiola's hand and kicking water bottles before sitting on the bench—raised questions about their relationship. This incident, along with Ederson missing the final two matches of the season due to injury, may indicate a potential rift between the player and coach.

Achieving All Titles

Since his €40 million transfer from Benfica to Manchester City in 2017, Ederson has become an essential player for the team, winning every possible title: six Premier League titles, two FA Cups, two Charity Shields, four League Cups, and one Champions League, Club World Cup, and European Super Cup each. Having achieved all these titles, Ederson might be considering a new challenge in his career.

Lucrative Offer

Ederson is anticipated to receive a substantial offer from the Saudi Investment Fund, including a significant annual salary and various benefits. Given his extensive achievements in European football, the Brazilian goalkeeper might be inclined to secure his financial future by playing in the Saudi League, following the path of other global stars.

Ortega's Contract Renewal

German goalkeeper Stefan Ortega, Ederson's backup, exhibited outstanding performance levels last season, leading Manchester City to extend his contract until 2026. Guardiola praised Ortega for a crucial save against Son Heung-min, which helped City retain the Premier League title. According to Fabrizio Romano, this renewal aligns with the club's plans, considering the uncertainty around Ederson's future. Ortega's contract extension and Guardiola's commendations might facilitate Ederson's move to the Roshn League.