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Manchester City sign Ruben Dias from Benfica for €68m

Benfica have sold central defender Ruben Dias to Manchester City for an initial €68m (£62m).

In an official statement on the CMVM, Benfica announced that on top of the €68m a further €3.6m in add-ons could follow. In total, Benfica can earn €71.6m (£65.3m) for Dias.

Dias, 23, is one of the most highly-rated young defenders in Europe, a reputation his price-tag reflects.

A graduate of the Benfica academy, Dias made his first-team debut in September 2017 and quickly impressed.

Since then, the 19-time Portugal international has gone on to make 137 appearances for Benfica.

The signing of Dias ends Pep Guardiola’s pursuit of a high-level centre-back, which saw them try to sign Kalidou Koulibaly at first.

When Koulibaly proved too difficult to sign, the Citizens made a bid for Sevilla talent Jules Kounde.

Sevilla rejected City’s bid which led to the English club rekindling their interest in Dias and quickly striking a deal.

In a separate transfer, Nicolas Otamendi has joined Benfica from City for €15m.

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