RUMOURS: Man City battle Barca for Benfica keeper

Pep Guardiola will have to fight it out with his former team in January if he is to land 23-year-old Brazilian goalkeeper and bring him to the Etihad Stadium

Manchester City are set to fight it out with Barcelona for Benfica goalkeeper Ederson Moraes, says the Manchester Evening News.

The 23-year-old is another of the breed of ball-playing goalkeepers admired by City boss pep Guardiola and his former employers at Camp Nou.

Guardiola was linked with a move for Moraes in the summer and with Claudio Bravo struggling with his early life in the Premier League, the Catalan coach may opt to follow through on that interest in January.

Barca boss Jose Enrique is also a fan though, and it may be that there is a battle to sign the Benfica shot-stopper come the transfer window, with a fee of at least £20 million needed to complete the deal.