Man City & Man Utd to go head-to-head again in January transfer battle

There could be some hope for the defensive issues at the Etihad. Man City look to be joining the race for Ruben Dias according to The Mirror.

Vincent Kompany departed the Manchester side at the end of last season and there seems to have been a hole left ever since. Now with injuries also contributing to the problems at the back, Guardiola needs to recruit.

Pep is very good at preparing his players to be versatile. Most of his squad can alternate in positions but one player who has had to do that recently is Fernandinho.

He’s gone from midfield to defence and while he is trying his best, its a new signing that is needed. Now the Man City bosses are supposedly going after the Benfica defender.

Race

Man City aren’t the only team ready to sign the 22-year-old. There have been links with Atletico Madrid, Juventus and Lyon. Manchester United are also meant to be interested.

This is why Man City need to act fast. Harry Maguire was the last defender that Pep Guardiola expressed his interested in and Man United beat him to it. Imagine losing out on another signing to your biggest rival.

Ruben Dias

As well as getting in appearances for Benfica, the defender has also got international duties to perform. He’s got 13 senior Portugal caps to his name currently and will get more.

The much-wanted man has worked his way up through Benfica’s youth ranks and has done a brilliant job of getting into the first team. However, he could benefit from a change.

Could January be a chance for him to explore? His current contract expires in 2024. His deal also has a release clause of around £59 million. Any team would have some negotiating to do as Benfica are reportedly trying to raise his fees.

I truly hope that if the 22-year-old does want to move, he considers the Etihad in the new year.