Ederson’s arrival at Manchester City this summer is intriguing news for fantasy football managers.
The Benfica goalkeeper was one of the most sought-after in his position on the planet despite failing to rack up a single cap for Brazil yet in his fledgling career.
City wrapped up a £35m deal with Benfica last week after overcoming complications with his previous clubs.
That made him the most expensive goalkeeper in history in pound sterling, surpassing the £33m Juventus forked out for Gianluigi Buffon in 2001.
Ederson is known for his ridiculous kicking accuracy and length, with urban legend that he once cleared the opposing penalty area from his own with a punt.
City are making a real statement of intent in the summer window already having secured the £43m capture of Monaco playmaker Bernardo Silva last week.
Ederson will likely replace Claudio Bravo between the sticks after the Chilean suffered a tumultuous opening season in England last term.
What could this mean for your fantasy football team?
Pep Guardiola thought he was getting the goalkeeper to help pioneer his philosophy in England in Bravo last summer but was left wanting massively.
So in Ederson the City boss will hope he’s identified the ideal replacement after pushing Joe Hart and Willy Caballero to the sidelines.
The Brazilian shot-stopper is an exciting prospect both with his hands and his feet and recently recorded a ridiculous 80-yard assist for Benfica.
Ederson kept an astonishing 18 clean sheets in 27 appearances in the Portuguese league last season, conceding just 12 goals.
WhoScored, Dream Team’s algorithm and ratings providers, gave him a season rating of 6.91 overall and 7.13 in the Champions League for the Portuguese champions.
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To put that in some context, only Jordan Pickford (7.04) and Petr Cech (6.94) recorded higher ratings from the Premier League goalkeepers.
With regular football both in the Premier League and in European and domestic cup competitions on the horizon, Ederson will likely be a popular Dream Team pick.
The likes of Simon Mignolet and Fraser Forster were initially valued at £3.5m at the start of last season, so we estimate that the new City goalkeeper will find himself in a similar price category.
Will he be your fantasy football pick between the sticks?
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