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Manchester City lead Arsenal in pursuit of £34m rated Brazilian

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Manchester City have stepped up their interest in Benfica goalkeeper Ederson, reports O Jogo.

The Portuguese newspaper report that manager Pep Guardiola is looking for a new number one after Claudio Bravo’s problems this season. Barcelona and Arsenal are also reportedly keeping a close eye on the 23 year old with A Bola stating that the Gunners were one of twenty teams who sent scouts to watch Benfica’s 1-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League tie on Tuesday night.

Ederson was one of the standard performers for the Portuguese side as they kept a clean sheet to place them as slight favourites heading in to the second leg in Germany.

We reported earlier this week on Ederson’s comments that he is firmly concentrating on playing for Benfica rather than interest from other European clubs. The Brazilian only established himself firmly as the club’s number one goalkeeper in September after veteran stopper Julio Cesar started the season as first choice.

O Jogo report that Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira is hopeful of getting €40million (£34m) for Ederson. The keeper reportedly has a buyout clause in his contract of €60million.

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