Ederson Santana de Moraes is a Brazilian goalkeeper playing at the highest level for Manchester City and the Brazil National Team. Born in Osasco, his career began in São Paulo, but he played mainly in the Portuguese top-flight, eventually rising to prominence with Benfica. Later his journey continued under Pep Guardiola in Manchester City, where the trophies just started coming in. Ederson has won the Premier League, the FA Cup, the Carabao Cup, and the FA Community Shield, most of them on multiple occasions. He is currently one of the most highly regarded keepers globally and finds himself in a magnificent form.
Ederson’s Transfer History
- 2010: FC São Paulo Youth to Benfica Youth – free transfer
- 2011: Benfica Youth to GD Ribeirão – free transfer
- 2012: GD Ribeirão to Rio Ave – free transfer
- 2015: Rio Ave to Benfica – £500,000
- 2017: Benfica to Manchester City – £35 Million
Ederson Moraes began playing football with São Paulo's youth academy in 2008 at the age of 15. Just a single season was enough for him to move to Portugal, joining Benfica's youth development structures. In search of playtime, Ederson became part of GD Ribeirão in the Portugues second division and soon made his professional debut. Twenty-nine league appearances later, he made it into the transfer news after joining Primeira Liga side Rio Ave. It took him some time to settle to the top-flight level of play, as he rarely featured in league games at first. However, he became a regular starter in the next two campaigns making 56 appearances combined.
It was at this point that Benfica realized that they’ve probably made a mistake letting Ederson go. In 2015 rumours that he is close to making his return to the Lisbon club spun around. And soon enough, the gossip was confirmed when Benfica bought him for just half a million – a magnificent bargain. Only ten appearances marked his first season, but Ederson was soon regularly given the responsibility to keep a clean sheet.
At the time, Pep Guardiola was struggling to find a consistent goalkeeping solution to his Manchester City squad and saw Ederson as the perfect replacement. The transfer odds were never that high, as Benfica were more than glad to take over £34 Million in profit that the Premier League side was offering. City managed to land their highly anticipated transfer target, which didn't wait to impress.
Since the moment he stepped at the Etihad, Ederson has been the Sky Blues' first-choice goalkeeper playing in 144 games and winning 8 English titles in total. In the current moment, there are always football whispers and transfer rumours surrounding one of the best goalies in the world. Clubs who have been interested in getting a hold of his services include Barcelona, BVB Dortmund, and Manchester United – sides who are in need of a reliable replacement for their first choice keepers. However, Ederson's place in Manchester City seems remarkably solid, and he's most likely not even thinking about an exit, especially after announcing that he'd gladly sign a contract extension keeping him in Etihad.