Benfica willing to sell Ruben Dias to Man City as Otamendi to move in opposite direction


It was noted that Benfica have agreed a deal to sell their precious defender Ruben Dias to Manchester City for 68 million euros ($79.2m) with the hope that Nicolas Otamendi will be moving in the opposite direction in a separate deal for 15 million euros as agreed in the deal.

Based on Sunday statement quoting Benfica saying that the deal for Dias would also see City pay an extra 3.6 million euros in potential bonuses if all goes well in the transaction.

It must also be noted that the above agreement is dependent on the player agreeing a contract with Manchester City in line with his present club.

Although the 23-year-old Dias is a product of Benfica’s renowned academy and has been capped 19 times for Portugal with Benefica opening goal in a 2-0 win over Moreirense at the weekend in the Portuguese league credited to him.

City boss Pep Guardiola will see him as the missing piece in his defensive strategy with the need for reinforcements accentuated by Sunday’s shock 5-2 home defeat by Leicester City.

While City 32-year-old Otamendi who is currently in the parking order and have not been used by Guardiola in either of City’s Premier League games so far this season. It was established that the Argentine international has spent five years in England with city with previous record showing that he played in Portugal, turning out for Benfica’s bitter rivals Porto between 2010 and 2014.

Finally Quoting Benfica coach Jorge Jesus saying that selling Dias was necessary for the club to balance their accounts book and also helps the club to see a better future.