Manchester City (Man City) is ready to challenge Manchester United (MU) in the hunt for players. The Citizens insist it will block the efforts of its neighbors who want to recruit Ruben Dias from Benfica in the transfer market next winter.
Dias became the target of Pep Guardiola’s team to overcome the problems that still occur in the backline. The 22-year-old Portuguese defender can be an alternative to fill the void due to the absence of a number of core players.
Man City’s defense is being porous because it has not yet found Vincent Kompany’s replacement who moved at the end of last season. While Aymeric Laporte is injured and must rest until the turn of the year. Worse yet, John Stones was also treated.
Guardiola has actually tried to overcome this problem by putting Fernandinho with Nicolas Otamendi behind. Initially, this step was quite successful. But, the 0-2 defeat of Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League, shows Man City needs a concrete solution.
For this reason, Man City intends to recruit Dias on January 2020. However, the ambition of the British ruler may not be realized. The reason is, Benfica is trying to find the maximum profit for the sale of the 186 cm posture figure.
Dias still has a contract with the club from Lisbon until 30 June 2024. But, the owner’s full name Ruben dos Santos Gato Alves Dias has a release clause of 59 million pounds. That is, Man City could have bought it after the turn of the year if the funds were sufficient.
However, Benfica reportedly intends to raise it again to 79 million pounds. This was done because Dias was not only interested in Manchester United, but also Juventus, Atletico Madrid, and Olympique Lyon.
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