Manchester Metropolis imagine their hunt for a participant to interchange Vincent Kompany is over after finishing the switch of Ruben Dias.
The Blues have lacked management because the Belgian star left final summer season to turn into player-coach of Anderlecht.
Aymeric Laporte has emerged to turn into a key defender, however his comparatively quiet persona means he has not stuffed Kompany’s boots by way of carrying the workforce with him.
Dias accomplished his £65.2million transfer on Monday, with Nicolas Otamendi going the opposite manner for £13.7million.
And soccer director Txiki Begiristain mentioned the 23-year-old suits the invoice completely, with Metropolis having saved tabs on him for the final two or three seasons.
“Ruben is a participant now we have admired for a while and now we have been impressed with how he has progressed at Benfica,” mentioned Begiristain.
“He has developed into an actual chief and as a defender, he has all of the attributes we’re on the lookout for. He’s sturdy within the air, good in a single v one conditions and technically, he is excellent, so we’re assured he can thrive in our system.
“He’s younger however has gained invaluable expertise at an enormous European membership in Benfica and we’re actually happy we’ve been in a position to signal him. He’s one other gifted addition to the squad and somebody who is barely going to get higher working below Pep.”
Dias has signed a six-year deal, the longest preliminary contract handed to a Metropolis participant – though Ederson was handed seven years, Aymeric Laporte six and a half and Bernardo Silva six, all as extensions to their first offers.