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What is Manchester City’s transfer stance on Ederson and a possible summer exit?

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A new report has revealed where Manchester City stand in relation to mainstay number one choice goalkeeper and his Etihad Stadium future this summer.

The 30-year-old shot-stopper has been continuously linked with moves away from the Premier League champions after the conclusion of last season, following on from a string of strong performances from Stefan Ortega.

Manchester City’s German back-up goalkeeper has been called upon more often than perhaps expected in recent months, with Ederson sustaining several freak injuries in-game to make way for his colleague to impress in big matches.

With Ortega having clear ambitions of becoming Manchester City’s number one choice this summer, and his performances of late creating stronger debate amongst supporters, a door could open should Ederson take up approaches from further afield in the coming months.

There is a widespread expectation that Saudi Arabian clubs could make ambitious approaches for the Brazilian, with Al Ittihad already weighing up a formal approach and a £25 million opening offer being discussed in the media.

However, Manchester City’s stance on the situation is likely to make things difficult.

That is according to the information of ESPN’s Rob Dawson, who reveals that Ederson will have to formally ask for a transfer if he wants to leave Manchester City during the upcoming summer transfer window.

It is confirmed that City themselves are not actively looking to part with the Brazil international and as such, offers will only be considered if Ederson makes it clear he wants to leave the Etihad Stadium following a seven-year stay with the club.

With regards to possible replacements, and while a new first-choice goalkeeper is said to be not among Manchester City’s plans for the summer market, Dawson reports that Etihad chiefs will ‘back themselves’ to find a suitable replacement if Ederson decides to leave.

As for potential suitors, the ever-ambitious Saudi Pro League and particularly Al Ittihad are reportedly among the clubs to have ‘registered an interest’ with the 30-year-old’s representatives, who is contracted to City until the summer of 2026.

On the subject of contractual terms, ESPN report that Manchester City remain open to negotiating a fresh deal with Ederson, should he reject the opportunity to leave the club in the coming months.

Ederson has been at Manchester City since the summer of 2017, and has largely revolutionised the way goalkeeping is perceived in the English game with Pep Guardiola and his staff insistent on the ball being played out from defence to build attacks.

The former Benfica starlet has fended off competition from a range of back-up goalkeepers throughout his time at the Etihad Stadium, including from the likes of Claudio Bravo and Zack Steffen among other challengers.

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