Advertisement

Benfica's Ruben Dias set for €55m Manchester City transfer

Manchester City look poised to make another major defensive signing with Ruben Dias edging toward...
Cathal Mullaney
Cathal Mullaney

14.51 27 Sep 2020


Share this article


Benfica's Ruben Dias set for €...

Benfica's Ruben Dias set for €55m Manchester City transfer

Cathal Mullaney
Cathal Mullaney

14.51 27 Sep 2020


Share this article


Manchester City look poised to make another major defensive signing with Ruben Dias edging towards a move to from Benfica to The Etihad. 

The Guardian reports that the Portugal international has agreed terms with the Manchester club, with Nicolas Otamendi set to go in the other direction.

Pep Guardiola has made no secret of his desire to bolster the City rearguard, with the signing of Nathan Ake earlier this year an indication of his intentions. The recruitment of Dias would represent another statement of intent from the Spaniard.

Advertisement

The highly-rated Dias, who came through Benfica's academy, is set to fly to the UK in the coming days to complete the deal. It is understood he will sign a five-year contract on a deal that will cost City some €55m. The defender has already earned 19 caps with his national side and at 23-years-old he is highly sought after.

The deal also looks set to end Nicolas Otamendi's stint at the club. It's believed he is set to join Benfica for a fee of €15m, and will join on a three-year deal after five years in England, during which time he collected two Premier League titles with Manchester City.

Dias was on target for Benfica in their 2-0 win over Moreirense on Saturday, with his current manager Jorge Jesus appearing resigned to the loss of the defender when speaking to media after the game.

"I'm pretty sure it was his [Ruben Dias's] last game, but sometimes everything changes at the last second in football," the boss told reporters after the match.

"I don't think that's going to happen, though. He's a player we're sorry to see go, he came through the academy, is our captain and plays for the national team

"He has a high market value and is certainly already a fantastic player who will continue to improve."


Share this article


Read more about

Ruben Dias

Most Popular

Live: Title

Now playing

00:00:00 / 00:00:00
Added to queue
Removed from queue

On Air

Share

Share


Up next

Episode title
Show
Duration

You currently have no podcasts in your queue.

Go to podcasts

On Air

Documentary And Drama On Newst...

Documentary And Drama On Newstalk

07:00-08:00

Share

Up next

NEWSTALK BREAKFAST

NEWSTALK BREAKFAST

08:00-09:00

Share

THE PAT KENNY SHOW

THE PAT KENNY SHOW

09:00-11:00

Share

Henry's Horror Show

Henry's Horror Show

11:00-12:00

Share

Ireland's Call with Simon Tier...

Ireland's Call with Simon Tierney

12:00-14:00

Share

MONCRIEFF

MONCRIEFF

14:00-16:00

Share

What's Going On with Stefanie...

What's Going On with Stefanie Preissner

16:00-18:00

Share

THE HOME SHOW WITH SINEAD RYAN

THE HOME SHOW WITH SINEAD RYAN

18:00-19:00

Share

OFF THE BALL

OFF THE BALL

19:00-22:00

Share

THE TOM DUNNE SHOW

THE TOM DUNNE SHOW

22:00-00:00

Share

BEST OF NEWSTALK

BEST OF NEWSTALK

00:00-06:00

Share

BREAKFAST BRIEFING

BREAKFAST BRIEFING

06:00-06:30

Share

BREAKFAST BUSINESS

BREAKFAST BUSINESS

06:30-07:00

Share

NEWSTALK BREAKFAST

NEWSTALK BREAKFAST

07:00-09:00

Share

00:00:00 / 00:00:00

Share on