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Manchester City 'On The Verge' Of Signing Centre-Back For €65 Million

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Manchester City 'On The Verge' Of Signing Centre-Back For €65 Million

Manchester City are reportedly close to agreeing a deal for Benfica centre-back Ruben Dias.

Having looked at Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly and Jules Kounde of Sevilla, and even been linked with a big-money move for Atletico Madrid defender Jose Gimenez, widespread reports in Portugal say City are on the verge of snapping up the Portugal international for a fee between €60 million and €65 million.

It's reported out of favour centre-back Nicolas Otamendi will be used as a makeweight, heading in the opposite direction as part of the deal.

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After failing to find a suitable replacement for long-time captain Vincent Kompany, Pep Guardiola had been hellbent on drafting in another centre-back ever since they decided not to cough up £80 million for Harry Maguire in the summer of 2019.

23-year old Dias, with over 100 Benfica appearances under his belt, has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League in recent times.

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If City are able to get the deal done and secure their target, he will become their third signing of the transfer window following the £40 million capture of Nathan Ake from Bournemouth and the £20.8 million deal that took promising Spanish prospect Ferran Torres from Valencia.

Topics: Manchester City, Football News, Football, Ruben Dias, Benfica

Josh Lawless
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