Benfica have confirmed they have reached an agreement to sell centre-back Rúben Dias to Manchester City, with Nicolás Otamendi moving in the opposite direction.
City boss Pep Guardiola has spent the summer looking to bolster his back line – something which will now be his top priority after Sunday’s 5-2 loss to Leicester City. Nathan Aké joined early in the transfer window and a whole host of other names have been suggested as possible options.
Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly was seen as Guardiola’s top target, but a failure to reach an agreement for the 29-year-old saw City turn to Sevilla’s Jules Koundé and then Dias. Benfica have now confirmed reports suggesting the Portuguese defender is on his way to Manchester.
“Benfica have reached an agreement with Manchester City for the sale of all the rights of central defender Rúben Dias for the amount of €68m (£63m), plus an additional amount of €3.6m (£3.3m), depending the achievement of goals related to the English club’s sports performance,” a statement on the club’s official website read.
“Said agreement is dependent on the signing of the player’s sporting employment contract with Manchester City.”
The Lisbon side also confirmed that they had reached an agreement to sign Otamendi, who is now discussing personal terms too.
“Benfica reached an agreement with Manchester City to acquire the full rights of central defender Nicolás Otamendi for the amount of €15m (£13.6m),” they added.
“This agreement is dependent on the signing of a sports employment contract with the player and medical examinations.”
Obviously, neither of these deals are complete just yet. Contracts still have to be signed, but according to Fabrizio Romano, that might not take too long as Dias has already informally agreed to a five-year contract at the Etihad Stadium.
Medicals also have to be completed, but should everything go according to plan, expect City to confirm this deal in the near future.
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