Manchester City sign Ruben Dias from Benfica for £65m as Pep Guardiola improves his defence after shipping five goals – with Nicolas Otamendi heading in the opposite direction
Manchester City have agreed the £65million signing of Benfica defender Ruben Dias with Nicolas Otamendi travelling in the opposite direction for a separate £13.7m.
Both deals are subject to the agreement of personal terms at their prospective clubs.
The Portuguese giants made the announcement of the agreement via two statements.
Manchester City have sealed a £65million deal for Benfica defender Ruben Dias
Manchester City’s Nicolas Otamendi will go the opposite way for a separate fee of £13.7million
In the first statement, Benfica said they had ‘reached an agreement with Manchester City for the sale of all the rights of central defender Ruben Dias for the amount of 68million euros, plus an additional amount of 3.6million euros, depending the achievement of goals related to the English club’s sports performance.
‘The said agreement is dependent on the signing of the player’s sporting employment contract with Manchester City.
In the second statement, they said they ‘had reached an agreement with Manchester City to acquire the full rights of central defender Nicolas Otamendi for the amount of 15million euros.
‘This agreement is dependent on the signing of a sports employment contract with the player and medical examinations.’
Pep Guardiola is desperate for defensive reinforcements after City’s 5-2 loss against Leicester
Dias captained and scored for Benfica in their 2-0 win over Moreirense on Saturday before hugging sporting director Rui Costa as he said his farewells.
Talking to Benfica TV afterwards, the 23-year old said: ‘This was a special moment for me and I think everyone understands why. I’m very happy of course, it was a very important game for me and being able to mark this game with a goal was very special. I believe that everyone already has an idea of why I hugged Rui Costa.’
Otamendi, 32, is expected in Lisbon on Monday.
Benfica coach Jorge Jesus said: ‘He’s a player we’re sorry to see go, he came through the academy, is our captain and plays for the national team. Otamendi is a player we’d like to have. Though the player who joins us will have to understand that my ideas are completely different from those at Manchester City.’
Meanwhile, Barcelona are still interested in Eric Garcia, but will have to offload a player first
City moved for Dias after growing frustrated by Sevilla’s valuation of Jules Kounde.
Meanwhile, Barcelona remain interested in City defender Eric Garcia though may have to sell Jean-Clair Todibo before they can bid. Todibo has attracted interest from Everton and Fulham.
Barcelona have agreed to pay £18m to Ajax for right back Sergino Dest. The deal put paid to the chance of Norwich City defender Max Aarons joining Barcelona though he has interest from Bayern Munich.