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Sports Manchester City sign Ruben Dias for €68M, Otamendi joins Benfica

02:35  28 september  2020
02:35  28 september  2020 Source:   thescore.com

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Rúben Dias is set to join Manchester City this week after a fee was agreed with Benfica . Photograph: Armando Franca/AP. Benfica have announced that they have agreed a deal to sell the centre-back Rúben Dias to Manchester City for € 68 m (£62m) plus a potential € 3.6m in add-ons.

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Manchester City completed the signing of center-back Ruben Dias from Benfica for €68 million, the Portuguese side announced on Sunday.

In a separate deal, the Premier League giants sold center-back Nicolas Otamendi to Benfica for €15 million.

Dias is City's third major signing of the summer window after Dutch defender Nathan Ake and Spanish winger Ferran Torres.

City were reportedly interested in signing Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly - one of Pep Guardiola's preferred targets - but the asking price was too steep.

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Manchester City are on the verge of completing a move for Portugal international Ruben Dias in a deal around € 55 million. The deal will also see Nicolas Otamendi head the other way as the Citizens are planning to strengthen their backline. Ferran Torres moved to the Etihad Stadium for € 23 million.

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The fee for Dias falls just short of a club record. City set the mark with their €70-million signing of midfielder Rodrigo last summer.

Dias, 23, arrives at the Etihad with a wealth of experience despite his relatively young age. He's made 91 top-flight appearances - all in the Portuguese Primeira Liga - and an additional 24 in European competition. Dias has also represented Portugal on 19 occasions.

City are now much deeper at the center-back position after laboring through the 2019-20 campaign with limited options. Dias could start alongside Ake or Aymeric Laporte in Guardiola's back four, or even in a back three.

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