Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool have reportedly all enquired about signing Atalanta star Ederson. The Brazilian midfielder has been one of the best performers in Serie A this season and has attracted interest from Europe’s biggest clubs.
Ederson has been a key part of an Atalanta side who have competed well this term despite a number of summer departures. The 24-year-old is a versatile midfielder, capable of playing deeper or as a higher No. 8.
Atalanta are reportedly prepared to listen to offers for the former Brazil U20 international but will only accept a premium fee. Buying clubs will need to prepare for tough negotiations, as United learned in their pursuit of Rasmus Hojlund from the same club last summer.
Arsenal reportedly lead the race for the player. The Gunners are keen to sign another midfielder to play alongside Declan Rice.
But according to the Brazilian edition of Goal, United and Liverpool have also made enquiries for the player. It could lead to a major Premier League transfer saga in the summer.
None of the clubs are seemingly prepared to make a major signing before Thursday’s transfer deadline. The trio all spent heavily during the summer window and there have been limited funds to spend in the winter market.
Ederson has scored six goals this season, providing one assist, making him a valuable asset for whoever signs him. He arrived in Italy from Brazilian Corinithians in 2021, initially joining Salernitana before joining Atalanta a year later.
Come the summer, Ederson will enter the final two years of his contract, making him more easily attainable than he might have been at any stage this season. Atalanta will be keen to receive a major fee for one of their best players and the window prior to the 2024-25 season represents one of their best opportunities to do so.
Arsenal, United and Liverpool all made major improvements to their midfield last summer. The Gunners signed Rice and Kai Havertz for a combined £170m.
United signed Mason Mount and Sofyan Amrabat, although Mount has scarcely featured due to a string of injuries. Amrabat’s form has come under scrutiny since his loan switch from Fiorentina.
Having struggled with energy in the middle of the park in 2022-23, Liverpool spent around £150m on a replenished midfield. Dominik Szoboszlai, Endo Wataru, Ryan Gravenberch and Alexis Mac Allister all arrived at Anfield, although the Reds are now plotting for life without Jurgen Klopp.