close
close

Manchester City given deadline for Ederson’s future amid ongoing transfer interest from Saudi Pro League

Manchester City given deadline for Ederson’s future amid ongoing transfer interest from Saudi Pro League

Those responsible at Manchester City have now learned when they can expect a firm decision or result regarding Ederson from the Saudi Pro League applicants.

The 30-year-old goalkeeper has been the centre of attention in the Middle East as it looks to sign a new, expensive superstar from European football this summer.

In turn, it was believed in various circles that Ederson himself was open to a new challenge outside Manchester City, having won everything there was to win with the reigning Premier League champions.

However, as Manchester City still have a favourable contract situation with their first-team goalkeeper, there is no rush to sell the player, although they are happy with Stefan Ortega as a potential new number one.

Nevertheless, those in charge at the Etihad Stadium are happy to work with Ederson on an agreement with a possible new club should the player himself officially express his clear desire to leave Manchester City.

And that desire, or rather the increased pursuit of the goalkeeper, could now come true within a matter of days, as a new report details how quickly interested parties from the Middle East could try to sign the former SL Benfica player.

According to information from Rudi Galetti of TEAMtalk, Al-Nassr now wants to complete the signing of a new goalkeeper “within a week”, as both Liverpool’s Alisson and Manchester City’s Ederson remain high on the clubs’ radar.

However, the report claims that the “double negotiations” are of a “strategic” nature as the club seeks to push the value of Manchester City’s first choice between the sticks down to €50 million in the coming days and weeks.

And this strategy could work, as the report suggests that Manchester City are now “ready” to accept €40 million for Ederson. Al-Nassr still considers this fee to be “too high” as the club does not want to pay more than €30 million this summer.

It is currently not known what strategy Manchester City will pursue in the remainder of the summer transfer window should Ederson complete his move to the Saudi Pro League in the coming days and weeks.

Pep Guardiola apparently has full confidence in Stefan Ortega’s abilities as first choice and would have no concerns about starting the season with the German between the posts.

This would still leave Manchester City with the task of finding a new replacement for the 31-year-old. In the event that Ederson leaves the club and moves to Al-Nassr in the Middle East, only Scott Carson would remain – following a recent contract extension.