Manchester City close in on £50m move for Benfica star Ruben Dias

‘Everyone has a idea of why I hugged Rui Costa’: Ruben Dias all but confirms his £50m switch to Manchester City after scoring in his final game for Benfica before embracing his team-mates at the final whistle

  • Man City are closing on a £50million deal for Benfica defender Ruben Dias
  • The centre back captained Benfica and scored in their 2-0 win over Moreirense
  • He effectively confirmed his departure by hugging his team-mates at full-time

Manchester City are closing on a £50million deal for Benfica defender Ruben Dias.

The centre back captained Benfica and scored in their 2-0 win over Moreirense on Saturday then effectively confirmed his pending departure hugging team-mates and sporting director Rui Costa.

Reports in Portugal claim Dias will travel to Manchester on Sunday to put the finishing touches to his move.  

Manchester City are closing on a £50million deal for Benfica defender Ruben Dias

Manchester City are closing on a £50million deal for Benfica defender Ruben Dias

Talking to Benfica TV afterwards, the 23-year old said: ‘This was a special moment for me and I think everyone understands why. 

‘I’m very happy of course, it was a very important game for me and being able to mark this game with a goal was very special. I believe that everyone already has a idea of why I hugged Rui Costa.’

City have offered cash plus defender Nicolas Otamendi in negotiations and hope to conclude the finer details by the start of the week.

Benfica manager, Jorge Jesus, said when asked about Dias: ‘I’m pretty sure it was his last game.

‘He’s a player we’re sorry to see go. But I also have some fault that he left today.

Dias scored in Benfica's win over Moreirense before hugging his team-mates at the full-time

Dias scored in Benfica’s win over Moreirense before hugging his team-mates at the full-time

‘This also has to do with missing the Champions League and there are things that need to be balanced.’ 

Dias has a long-term contract until the summer of 2024 at the Portuguese side.

Guardiola is an admirer of the Portugal international, who made 49 appearances across all competitions for club and country last season. 

Meanwhile, 20-year-old City defender Joel Latibeaudiere is attracting loan enquiries from Swansea City, Bristol City, Luton Town and Bournemouth. 

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