Ruben Dias during a football match for Benfica.
Ruben Dias during a football match for Benfica. Image Credits : (@rubendias)

Benfica has agreed on a deal to sell defender Ruben Dias for 65 million euros ($79.2m) while Nicholas Otamendi Moves in the opposite direction in a separate seal for 15 million euros, as announced by the Portuguese giants. The deal with Dias is worth an initial 62 million with a further 3 million subject to add-ons, as confirmed in a statement from Benfica on Sunday night after City’s 5-2 defeat at home against Leicester.
Pep Guardiola, City boss, had been seeking a right-sided centre-back since Vincent Kompany left last year. Dias will be seen as the missing piece in his defensive jigsaw, with the need for reinforcements accentuated by Sunday’s shocking 5-2 home defeat by Leicester City.
Dias has imposed during the seasons at Benfica and was also in Portugal’s 2018 World Cup team.
The 23-year-old captained and scored the side in Benfica’s 2-0 won over Morinense on Saturday, after which he was seen embracing Rui Costa, spring director of Benfica.
The player has already completed his medical in Portugal and personal terms have been agreed on after the clubs settled on a fee.
Benfica manager Jorge Jesus said that Dias is a player they are sorry to see go since he came through the academy, was their captain, and played for their national team too. He takes some of the blame for him leaving.
32-year-old Otamendi has not been used by Guardiola in either of City’s Premier League games so far in the season. The Argentine international spent five years in England and has played in Portugal previously, turning out for Benfica’s bitter rivals Porto between 2010-2014. Benfica said that his move is still subject to a medical.