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Manchester City beat Barcelona, now in pole position to sign Brazilian goalkeeper - Report

This is looking like a real thing...

Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Now that Claudio Bravo doesn't look like a sure number one goalkeeper for Manchester City, Pep Guardiola cannot count on Willy Caballero only to have success in England and Europe in the future. A new goalkeeper seems to be a very important addition to the squad next season, and if you believe the reports coming from Portugal, the Sky Blues are close to getting that.

According to a report from A Bola, a very reliable newspaper in Portugal, the Citizens are now in pole position to sign Ederson Moraes, a Brazilian goalkeeper that continues to impress at Benfica. The report says that Barcelona sent scouts to watch Benfica's last match and could be looking to make an offer, but the interest from the Catalan club doesn't look serious.

Even if Barcelona plan to make an offer, it wouldn't attract Ederson too much. Barça have Marc-André ter Stegen and Jasper Cillessen, two very good keepers, and Ederson wouldn't get too much playing time if he moved to Catalonia. If Bravo can't find his best form and return to the goal, Ederson would walk straight into the starting lineup at City, and given his talents as a goalkeeper and his young age, he'd be a perfect player for Guardiola to develop into the keeper he wants.

The price tag is a heavy one (£60 million), but given that City will be looking to sell a few players who are now out on loan, including Joe Hart, Wilfried Bony and Eliaquim Mangala, the club might not need to spend too much to cover Ederson's fee. It's still too soon to know if Ederson is really going to be signed, but the interest seems legit, the need for a goalkeeper is quite clear, and this is a REALLY good player.

Just do it, City.