Sport Manchester City set to confirm signing of Ruben Dias for £64million
Ruben Dias v Jules Kounde: Manchester City's centre-back targets compared using Opta data
Manchester City appear set to land either Ruben Dias or Jules Kounde – using Opta data, we looked at their suitability.Media reports on Friday suggested that City have offered approximately €55million, plus Nicolas Otamendi, for Dias having apparently had a similar offer turned down for Kounde last week.
Manchester City will finalise the £64million signing of Benfica defender Ruben Dias this week with Nicolas Otamendi travelling in the opposite direction for a separate £13.7m.
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.’
Manchester City close in on £50m move for Benfica star Ruben Dias
The centre back captained Benfica and scored in their 2-0 win over Moreirense on Saturday then effectively confirmed his pending departure hugging teammates and sporting director Rui Costa. Reports in Portugal claim Dias will travel to Manchester on Sunday to put the finishing touches to his move. © Provided by Daily Mail Manchester City are closing on a £50million deal for Benfica defender Ruben Dias Talking to Benfica TV afterwards, the 23-year old said: 'This was a special moment for me and I think everyone understands why.
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.'
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.
BREAKING NEWS: Man City sign Ruben Dias as Otamendi joins Benfica
Benfica announced the sale of Ruben Dias to Manchester City while confirming a deal for Nicolas Otamendi on Sunday.Portugal international Dias, 23, has been a regular for Primeira Liga side Benfica since emerging through the academy ahead of the 2017-18 campaign.
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.
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Chelsea 'demand Rudiger sign contract extension or he will not leave' .
The Blues are unwilling to enter talks unless the Germany defender signs a 12-month extension to his current contract, which has 18 months left to run. © Provided by Daily Mail Defender Antonio Rudiger has fallen out of favour at Chelsea under manager Frank Lampard Chelsea do not want to lose him on a free transfer when his contract expires in 2022.Tottenham have been the latest club to show an interest in Rudiger.The 27-year-old has fallen out of favour at Chelsea and has been omitted from Frank Lampard's last three squads against West Bromwich Albion, Barnsley and Liverpool.