Man City has finally added another centre back and in the process the club broke their transfer record in spending £64million on Benfica’s Ruben Dias.
The Portugal international was just waiting on Nicholas Otamendi to complete his switch in the other direction and with that all sorted, Dias can kick on at the Etihad Stadium as the focal point of a defence still licking its wounds following the mauling by Leicester.
Dias is an aerial presence, is vocal, a leader for those around him and alongside Aymeric Laporte will form the first-choice pairing from here for City.
Sportsmail takes a closer look at what exactly the 23-year-old will offer City…
Who is he?
At 23, Dias is still in the infancy of what he will hope is a long and successful career.
Leadership is one of the main buzzwords that comes with scouting reports of Dias and that will prove invaluable for a City backline seemingly void of accountability with Laporte sidelined.
Captaining Portugal’s youth teams and then taking the armband for Benfica’s first team all by the age of 23 speaks to the respect he has earned in the various dressing rooms and the example he sets on and off the pitch. Continue reading