Ruben Dias switch agreed with Manchester City for $79.2 million, says Benfica

Ruben Dias transfer agreed with Manchester City for $79.2 million, says Benfica


Portuguese membership Benfica mentioned on its web site {that a} €68 million ($79.2 million) payment had been agreed with City for the switch of central defender Ruben Dias, with the potential for an extra €3.6 million ($4.2 million) in performance-based add-ons.

“This agreement is dependent on the signing of the player’s sports labor contract with Manchester City,” mentioned Benfica on its web site.

The Portuguese membership’s assertion additionally mentioned that Nicolás Otamendi will transfer from City to Benfica for €15 thousands and thousands ($17.5 million). City has but to touch upon both switch.

Sunday’s 5-2 hammering by the hands of Leicester within the Premier League supplied loads of proof to Guardiola of his group’s defensive weaknesses. Dias’ arrival will deliver the Spaniard’s complete spending on defenders alone in his 4 years at City to $500 million.
Last month, City signed central defender Nathan Ake from Bournemouth in a reported $50 million deal.

Among the multitude of pricy defenders bought by Guardiola, arguably the one success story has been Aymeric Laporte, although the Frenchman’s spectacular time with City has been blighted by persistent accidents.

However the jury stays out on a swathe of defensive gamers which have joined City for important switch charges throughout Guardiola’s time on the membership.

Joao Cancelo was signed from Juventus for $71 million — with Danilo, one other defensive disappointment at $33 million, going the opposite means — Benjamin Mendy for $63 million from Monaco and John Stones for $60 million from Everton.

The 32-year-old Otamendi additionally endured an inconsistent five-year spell at City after signing for a reported $41.2 million from Valencia.

City’s defensive frailties since failing to switch talismanic heart again and captain Vincent Kompany noticed the membership fall nicely behind rival Liverpool, which romped to the Premier League title final season.

Pep Guardiola's City was hammered 5-2 by Leicester on Sunday.

The 23-year-old Dias, who Guardiola will hope is the lacking piece to the group’s defensive puzzle, got here via Benfica’s vaunted youth system and has been a mainstay in protection for the previous three years.

Dias, who captained the aspect and scored in Saturday’s 2-Zero league win over Moreinense, was additionally chosen to be a part of Portugal’s 2018 World Cup squad.

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