Pep Guardiola almost signed Arsenal star Bernd Leno for Manchester City before buying Ederson instead

first_img Metro Sport ReporterThursday 24 Oct 2019 10:34 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.8kShares Bernd Leno has established himself as Arsenal’s No.1 goalkeeper since signing from Bayer Leverkusen in 2017 (Picture: EPA)Bernd Leno came close to joining Manchester City from Bayer Leverkusen in 2017 before Pep Guardiola opted to sign Ederson instead, a new book has revealed.Guardiola was on the lookout for a new shot-stopper in 2017 to replace Claudio Bravo after the Chilean had struggled in his debut campaign in English football while Joe Hart was also deemed surplus to requirements.According to Lu Martin and Pol Ballus’ new book ‘Pep’s City: The making of a superteam’ Guardiola had settled on a two-name shortlist to fill the problem position featuring Leno and Ederson, both of whom suited his tactical philosophy which encourages playing out from the back. Comment Pep Guardiola almost signed Arsenal star Bernd Leno for Manchester City before buying Ederson instead Advertisement Advertisement Ederson has proven to be an inspired purchase for Manchester City (Picture: Getty)Ultimately, City plumped for Ederson, landing the Brazilian international in a £35m deal from Benfica, while Leno had to wait another year to seal a switch from Leverkusen, eventually joining Arsenal last summer for £22.5mAdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTDiscussing Leno and Ederson’s merits, City’s 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.’Guardiola’s decision to sign Ederson in a deal that made him the world’s most expensive goalkeeper ever has certainly been vindicated with the 26-year-old playing a pivotal role in City’s success over the past couple of seasons.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe Brazil international has missed just one Premier League game from a possible 85 since joining City, was named in the PFA Team of the Year in his debut season and has won five major honours including two Premier League titles.While Ederson made an instant impact on English football upon his arrival, Leno had to bide his time patiently at the start of last season with Unai Emery initially preferring the now-retired Petr Cech between the sticks.However, the Germany international has since established himself as a regular first-team player for the Gunners, making 45 appearances for the club in all competitions.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenallast_img

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