THE Benfica announced on Sunday (27) an agreement with the Manchester City for the sale of defender Ruben Dias and the hiring of Nicolas Otamendi, defender who lost space in the Pep Guardiola squad.
There are two different negotiations. By Ruben Dias, City will pay 68 million euros (R $ 439 million), in addition to an additional amount of 3.6 million euros (R $ 23 million) in case of meeting targets set in the contract.
In return, Benfica agreed to buy Otamendi for 15 million euros (R $ 97 million). The duration of the players’ contracts has not been confirmed by the clubs, and the official announcement of the transfers will take place at the beginning of the week.
Ruben Dias is 23 years old and gains the first opportunity to act abroad. He arrives at Etihad Stadium as City’s main reinforcement for the season. The English team treated the arrival of a defender as a priority, and before the Portuguese negotiated with Koulibaly (Naples), Giménez (Atlético de Madrid) e Koundé (Sevilla).
Otamendi returns to Portugal, where he defended the Porto from 2010 to 2014. After six years at City, the 32-year-old Argentine will be one of the pillars of the team led by Jorge Jesus. Benfica was eliminated early from the Champions League, but is 100% in the Portuguese Championship.