Manchester City has agreed to a deal worth £65m to sign Benfica defender Ruben Dias. The deal will see Nicolas Otamendi move in the opposite way. The deal was worth £62m initially with a further £3m as add-ons. The information was confirmed in a statement from Benfica on Sunday after the 5-2 defeat of Man blue at home against Leicester City.
The Portuguese club said they have agreed to a fee of 15m euros separate to sign Otamendi. Both deals were subject to personal terms and have been finalized, the club said in the statement. The search for a center right-back has been the plan of Pep Guardiola after the departure of Vincent Kompany.
Dias on the other hand has done well during his three seasons spent in Benfica. He was present in the world for Portugal in 2018. The Portuguese international captained Benfica and scored during the match against Moreinense on Saturday.
After the game, Ruben Dias who scored his 12th for Benfica told Benfica TV. “It was a very important game for me and being able to mark it with a goal was very special. “I believe that everyone already has an idea why I hugged Rui Costa.
Benfica manager Jorge Jesus said after the match. “I am very sure it was his last game, but sometimes everything changes at the last second in football. “I don’t think it’s going to happen though.
He is a player we are sorry to see go, he came from the academy, he is our captain and he plays for the national team. “I take some of the blame for his departure today.
This has something to do with getting knocked out from the champions league. And there are things that need to be balanced financially. “He has a high value in the market and is certainly already a fantastic player who improves continuously.
Not being able to get a replacement for Kompany was seen as the major reason why City was unable to put up more challenges last season. They gave up the premier league title to Liverpool last season.
Manchester City has had an interest in signing Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly, but his valuation has made City go far in the search of a cheaper quality. The Italian club was asking a price worth £80m for the Senegalese defender.