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Pep Guardiola will not make the identical mistake once more.
After a gap season in English soccer which noticed his entrusted No. 1 Claudio Bravo flounder between the posts and ultimately relinquish duties to the now-departed deputy Willy Caballero, the Spaniard dug deep into Manchester Metropolis‘s money reserves on Thursday to make Ederson Moraes the costliest goalkeeper in British soccer historical past.
Ederson is but to make his full worldwide debut for his native Brazil, and the worth for the deal is believed to have been bloated by the truth that his former membership, Rio Ave, nonetheless owned half of his financial rights, however Benfica nonetheless needed a lofty sum for its share.
The 23-yr-previous stored 22 clear sheets within the 2016-17 season as he gained a league and cup double with Benfica, including to his Primeira Liga medal from the earlier time period. Via his ball-enjoying expertise, aerial dominance, and velocity of thought, Ederson has drawn comparisons to Manuel Neuer. His consciousness can also be key in crafting fast assaults, as his monstrous help for Raul Jimenez in a 5-zero beating of Vitoria Guimaraes earlier in Might demonstrated.
It was a scarcity of proficiency in passing that noticed English worldwide Joe Hart castoff shortly after Guardiola’s arrival at Metropolis final summer time, and can certainly see him bought on this switch window upon his return from a season-lengthy mortgage with Torino in Serie A.
Bravo was signed by Metropolis as Hart’s alternative, however appeared unsettled by the media consideration garnered by him usurping the 4-time Golden Glove winner. The Chilean struggled, and belied his fame by typically hitting it aimlessly lengthy or squandering possession with brief passes, and can doubtless be demoted to second-option to make means for a teenager who appears to revel enjoying as a sweeper-keeper.
Ederson is the newest in a lengthening line of youthful gamers which have joined Guardiola’s revolution within the northwest. Leroy Sane, John Stones, and Gabriel Jesus highlighted the buys of the ex-Barcelona and Bayern Munich gaffer’s first season, whereas the purchases of Monaco‘s Bernardo Silva and Ederson within the opening days of this summer time window have adopted that development.