Manchester City appear set to complete the loan signing of goalkeeper Scott Carson from Derby, with the 33-year-old having a medical with the Premier League champions.
The Mirror reported in the early hours of this morning that the veteran goalkeeper was in talks with Manchester City about a one-year loan move, with Pep Guardiola seeking an experienced backup to Ederson and Claudio Bravo.
Sky Sports News then tweeted at 10:44am this morning: “Scott Carson is currently undergoing a medical at Manchester City ahead of a season-long loan from Derby”.
According to The Mirror, Carson had been previously linked with a move to Derby’s rivals Nottingham Forest but now looks set to move to the Etihad Stadium for a season-long loan.
Carson has been with Derby for the last four seasons, having previously played for Leeds, Liverpool, Sheffield Wednesday, Charlton, Aston Villa, West Brom, Bursaspor and Wigan.
He has not played in the Premier League since 2011, when he was at West Brom, but he has 145 appearances in the division and won four caps for England. However, his national team career remains tainted by his costly error in a fateful Euro 2008 qualifying defeat to Croatia.
With Ederson set to be Guardiola’s first-choice goalkeeper after making 100 appearances in his two seasons at Manchester City, Carson is most likely to be competing with Bravo for the role of the Brazil netminder’s backup.
Since the end of the 2017/18 season, Bravo’s only club appearances have both been in the Community Shield. He played just 13 games in the 2017/18 campaign after Ederson joined and has made 45 appearances for the club, conceding the same number of goals and keeping 15 clean sheets (33.3% of games).
Despite being dubbed the worst signing of the 2016/17 season by Matt Stead for Football365, Bravo has only been culpable of one goal-causing error in his 25 Premier League appearances, indicating that criticism of his performances may have been over the top.
In the battle of the backup goalkeepers to Ederson, Bravo seems a clear winner over Carson if the England veteran completes his move to the Etihad.
Carson’s impending Manchester City switch has echoes of Robert Green going to Chelsea last year, with the ex-West Ham goalkeeper failing to even make the bench for a first team game for the Blues before retiring two days after their Europa League final win over Arsenal.
Perhaps Carson will be given more of a chance by Guardiola at the Etihad, but with Bravo seeming like the more dependable backup to Ederson, this deadline day move seems like a strange one from a Manchester City perspective.
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