Ederson to Liverpool transfer reality made clear two years after £22m pursuit

Atalanta midfielder Ederson has become a topic of interest among Liverpool supporters following reports that Arne Slot was close to completing his first signing in a £38million move.

The claim was first published by Sports Zone who reported that the Reds were on the verge of securing the 24-year-old midfielder, just a month after he helped the Bergamo side to a historic Europa League triumph. However, rebuttals soon followed with The Athletic's James Pearce, Lewis Steele of the Daily Mail and Fabrizio Romano dismissing the notion that Liverpool had tabled an offer.

Ederson has been repeatedly linked with a move to Merseyside in recent weeks as Liverpool embark on a new journey under head coach Slot. Thiago Alcantara will leave at the end of June when his contract expires, and the Reds are facing increasing speculation over a summer move for a defensive midfielder with Stefan Bajcetic and Wataru Endo among the options in that position.

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Alexis Mac Allister was forced to play in the number six, an unconventional position for the Argentine, and played well in the position but when he was afforded the luxury of playing further forward, the former Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder excelled.

Ederson's rise has been astronomical in the last 12 months. The 24-year-old will celebrate a second year in Bergamo next month following his reported £11million move from Salernitana.

Atalanta won the race to sign the midfielder, just a matter of months after he made the move to Europe from his native Brazil. Despite the Italian side's struggles, he caught the attention of clubs with Inter Milan and Paris Saint-Germain firmly linked.

The French side were mooted to have held an interest in the midfielder in 2022, as well as recent reports suggesting they're rivalling Liverpool. Ederson discussed the interest, in an interview with Foot Mercato, and expressed his pride at being recognised.

"I was happy to read that, it's recognition of my work, I spoke about it with my representatives when it came out, but I asked to concentrate on the end of the season, with maintaining to look for, especially since the transfer window is still far away," said the Brazilian. "This week, I'm going to return to Brazil, I'm going to talk to my agents, we'll see what's true or not, if there are already offers or not. I'm going to see it this week quietly with them.

"It's a gigantic club, which aims for big things, like the Champions League. They have brought back great players to their squad, I have a lot of respect and admiration for this club.

"I'm waiting to see if there will be anything official. It's rewarding to see these kinds of clubs interested in you, whatever the outcome. You have to stay straight, work hard, it always pays off, it allows you to go further, to reach new levels. I hope that other great things will happen so that my career goes even further."

Two years on, Ederson is facing intense speculation over his future in the Gewiss Stadium with the transfer window set to open on June 14.