Manchester City have agreed to sign Ruben Dias from Benfica for a £65m fee with defender Nicolas Otamendi heading the opposite direction for a separate £13.7m fee.

Manchester City agree a £65m deal to sign Benfica Defender Ruben Dias

The deal is worth an initial £62m which is subject to rise by an additional £3 in add ons. Benfica announced the deals in a club statement on Sunday night following City’s shock 5-2 defeat to Leicester at the Etihad.

Benfica in a statement also said they had agreed a separate €15m (£13.6) to sign Nicolas Otamendi from Manchester City.

Nicolas Otamendi will also move the opposite direction in a separate deal worth €15m

Both deals are subject to personal terms being agreed, the club said in a statement.

Pep Guardiola has been in the hunt for a right-sided central defender since the departure of Vincent Kompany last year. Dias has been impressive for Benfica over the last three years and was in the Portuguese national team for the 2018 World Cup.

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The 23-year-old captained his side in their 2-0 win over Morienense on Saturday where he scored and was pictured hugging the club’s sporting director Rui Costa.

Benfica head coach Jorge Jesus speaking after the game said: “I’m pretty sure it was his last game but sometimes everything changes at the last second in football. I don’t think that is going to happen though.

“He’s a player we are sorry to see go, he came through our academy, is our captain and plays for the national team. I also take some of the blame for him leaving today.

“This is also to do with getting knocked out of the Champions League and there are things that need to be balanced at management level. He has a high market value and is certainly already a fantastic player who will continue to improve.”

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Pep Guardiola after the 5-2 home defeat is desperately looking for defensive reinforcement.

Good defense they say wins you game and Pep Guardiola this season in the chase for the League title again is looking to set up a good one to contend for the Premier League.


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