Premier League: Manchester City agree deal to sign Benfica's Ruben Dias, Nicolas Otamendi to go other way
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola will see Ruben Dias as the missing piece in his defensive jigsaw, with the need for reinforcements accentuated by Sunday's shock 5-2 home defeat by Leicester City.
Lisbon: Benfica have agreed a deal to sell defender Ruben Dias to Manchester City for 68 million euros ($79.2m) with Nicolas Otamendi moving in the opposite direction in a separate deal for 15 million euros, the Portuguese giants have announced.
In a statement late on Sunday, Benfica said that the deal for Dias would also see City pay an extra 3.6 million euros in potential bonuses.
"The agreement is dependent on the player agreeing a contract with Manchester City," the Lisbon club said.
Dias, 23, is a product of Benfica's renowned academy and has been capped 19 times by Portugal. He scored Benfica's opening goal in a 2-0 win over Moreirense at the weekend in the Portuguese league.
City boss Pep Guardiola will see him as the missing piece in his defensive jigsaw, with the need for reinforcements accentuated by Sunday's shock 5-2 home defeat by Leicester City.
Otamendi, 32, has not been used by Guardiola in either of City's Premier League games so far this season. The Argentine international has spent five years in England and has previously played in Portugal, turning out for Benfica's bitter rivals Porto between 2010 and 2014.
His move is still subject to a medical, Benfica said.
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 hopes of reaching the group stage.
The holders made the perfect start to that mission as Pep Guardiola was rewarded for fielding a strong attack featuring Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden, Raheem Sterling, Ferran Torres, and Riyad Mahrez at the Etihad Stadium.
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