Revealed: The Man Who Almost Took Ederson’s Place At Manchester City

A newly-released book has revealed that Manchester City had a deal in the pipeline for Arsenal’s Bernd Leno back in summer 2017. 

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The German goalkeeper, 27, had garnered significant attention over his time at Bayer Leverkusen before joining the Gunners. But Lu Martín and Pol Ballús’ new book ‘Pep’s City: The Making of a Superteamclaims that Leno could have joined Guardiola’s Manchester City before they instead opted to sign Benfica’s Ederson.

According to the book, Manchester City sporting director Txiki Begiristain said: “They both fitted the bill. One was more expensive to buy, the other required a higher salary. I left it up to the coaches to choose“.

Ederson, who is slightly younger than Leno, joined City for £35m that summer and has gone onto become recognised as one of the world’s best goalkeepers. City now value the Brazilian higher than the £67m that rivals Liverpool paid for his compatriot, Alisson, in 2018.

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Meanwhile, Leno has had a mediocre start to life at Arsenal. After eventually overthrowing veteran Petr Cech for a starting place, he’s displayed a tendency to spill shots which has marred several strong displays.

Ederson (and almost Leno) was a replacement for Claudio Bravo, who endured a disastrous first campaign at the Etihad.

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