Man City to sign £50m Ruben Dias within 48 hours after Kalidou Koulibaly failure

Manchester City are expected to complete the £50m signing of Ruben Dias from Benfica in the next 48 hours.

Pep Guardiola has turned to the Portugal international after conceding defeat in his attempt to land No.1 target Kalibou Koulibaly from Napoli.

The Italian club have held out for £80m for Koulibaly, leaving Guardiola with no choice but to target Dias instead after Etihad bosses refused to meet Napoli's valuation.

Dias, 23, was made captain of Benfica for last weekend's 2-0 win over Moreirense and afterwards his boss Jorge Jesus admitted it had probably been his last game for the club.

Etihad chiefs have held extensive talks with Dias and agreed personal terms with the centre back on a five-year deal.

He is expected to travel to Manchester and undergo a medical before becoming Guardiola's second summer signing after Ferran Torres.

Nicolas Otamendi, who was left out of Guardiola's squad for Sunday's visit of Leicester, is set to travel in the opposite direction and join Benfica.

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Guardiola has been desperate to sign a right-sided centre back since failing to replace Vincent Kompany following his return to Anderlecht in the summer of 2019.

Guardiola had made Koulibaly his preferred choice, but the poor relationship between both clubs has scuppered a deal for the Senegal international.

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Dias, who has won 19 international caps, has impressed during three seasons at Benfica and was selected for Portugal's 2018 World Cup squad.

City had also been interested in Sevilla's France U-21 international Jules Kounde and Atletico Madrid's Jose Gimenez.

But it is understood Guardiola believes Dias represents the best value and considering his age and price-tag and reckons he will be the ideal partner for Aymeric Laporte in the centre of defence.

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