• Wednesday, Oct 27, 2021
  • Last Update : 01:40 am

Man City seal £62m deal for Dias

  • Published at 04:00 pm September 30th, 2020
Dias
Ruben Dias

Dias becomes just the latest in a string of expensive defensive signings, totalling over 450m euros, since Guardiola was appointed in 2016

Manchester City announced the signing of Portuguese international centre-back Ruben Dias on a six-year deal from Benfica Tuesday in the hope of solving the defensive problems that have dogged Pep Guardiola's side over the past year.

Benfica Sunday confirmed they had reached an agreement to sell 23-year old Dias for 68m euros (£62m, $79m) plus an extra 3.6m euros in potential bonuses, with Nicolas Otamendi heading in the opposite direction for 15m euros.

Benfica coach Jorge Jesus said at the weekend that selling Dias was necessary for the club to balance their accounts after a defeat by Greek side PAOK in the third qualifying round of the Champions League ended their hope of reaching the group stage.

Dias becomes City's third signing of the summer after center-back Nathan Ake from Bournemouth and Spanish winger Ferran Torres from Valencia.

The need for more defensive reinforcements was evident as City were thrashed 5-2 at home to Leicester Sunday - the first time a Guardiola side has ever conceded five in his distinguished managerial career.

However, Dias becomes just the latest in a string of expensive defensive signings, totalling over 450m euros, since Guardiola was appointed in 2016.

Despite huge price tags, John Stones, Joao Cancelo and Benjamin Mendy are not first-team regulars, while Ake has been signed as back-up to Aymeric Laporte.

Otamendi, 32, won several major honors during his time at the Etihad, including two Premier League titles, and made more than 200 appearances in all competitions in five seasons.

The Argentine international has previously played in Portugal, turning out for Benfica's bitter rival Porto between 2010 and 2014.

56
Facebook 56
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail