Ruben Dias: Man City considering January transfer move for Benfica defender

Ruben Dias: Man City considering January transfer move for Benfica defender

- Ruben Dias becomes latest Manchester City target ahead of January transfer window

- The 22-year-old has featured nine times in all competitions for Portuguese side Benfica

- Dias could fill the void left by Laporte and Stones who are currently injured

Premier League champions Manchester City are reportedly planning to make a move for Benfica defender Ruben Dias when the January transfer window opens.

The Citizens have lost two matches and drawn one in their first eight games this campaign- leaving them eight points behind last season's runners up Liverpool.

Their recent defeat was at the Etihad Stadium when Adama Traore struck twice in the second half to power Wolverhampton to a 2-0 victory.

Pep Guardiola is now hoping to secure the services of Portuguese defender Dias to solve his side's defensive problems - with Argentine's Nicolas Otamendi failing to measure up to the quality of his team.

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City have been without their defender Aymeric Laporte, who won't be back until the New Year with a cruciate ligament injury, while they have not been able to replace Vincent Kompany.

England international John Stones might be back for the defending champions later this month but he might not be rushed back to action.

The Spanish born tactician has however had to field Brazil midfielder Fernandinho as a make-shift center back, paring him alongside Nicolas Otamendi, 31, who has been full of errors.

And the errors might force Man City chiefs to land a defender during the winter transfer window as reported by The Mirror.

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Reports close to the player's camp reveals that City are ready to make a move for the 22-year-old defender who already has 13 full international caps with Portugal.

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He has a contract with the club until 2024 and his release clause is valued at £59 million but his present club want to raise his buy-out clause to £79m. earlier reported that Chelsea could land Benfica star Ruben Diaz if they win appeal to sign players in January.

The Blues have been slammed with a two transfer window ban for their activities moving underage players.

They are also interested in signing Wilfried Zaha, Meunier and Ryan Fraser in the process.

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