According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Manchester City are now in talks with Benfica to sign Ruben Dias, and they are keen to include Nicolas Otamendi as a makeweight as part of the deal.
Manchester City are now in talks with Benfica to sign Rubén Dias including Otamendi offered as part of the deal [total value around €55m]. Same bid made to Sevilla for Koundé [and refused 5 days ago] who’s the other main target as CB after Koulibaly deal stalling. 🔵 #MCFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 25, 2020
The Portuguese side wants £50 million for the defender, and Tottenham Hotspur are interested too, but are yet to submit a bid as they are focused on Inter Milan’s Milan Skriniar.
Spurs have identified Dias as an option should a move for the Slovakian fall-through, but City see him as a top target.
Pep Guardiola’s side are keen on Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly and Sevilla’s Jules Kounde, but they haven’t been able to get a deal done for any and are now keen on the Portuguese.
Benfica manager Jorge Jesus hopes to keep the 23-year-old, but he admits his side are open to talk if they receive an important bid.
Negotiations on between Man City and Benfica for Rubén Dias [involving Otamendi]. #MCFC bid has not been accepted yet but City board are pushing.— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 25, 2020
No bid from #THFC atm - focused on Skriniar.
J. Jesus: “I hope to keep Rubén but we’re open to talk if we’ll receive an important bid”