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Manchester City preparing January swoop for Ruben Dias?

Man City preparing January swoop for Dias?
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Benfica defender Ruben Dias emerges as a January target for Manchester City, according to a report.

Manchester City could reportedly move for Benfica defender Ruben Dias during the January transfer window.

The Premier League champions lost Vincent Kompany over the summer, while Aymeric Laporte is currently on the sidelines with a knee injury, leaving head coach Pep Guardiola short of options in central defence.

Fernandinho has been pressed into action alongside John Stones, and the pair struggled to contain Liverpool during Sunday's Premier League clash at Anfield, which ended 3-1 to the Reds.

Jurgen Klopp's side are now nine points clear of City at the top of the Premier League table, and a recent report claimed that the Citizens are prepared to spend heavily in the winter window.

According to O Jogo, Guardiola's side could launch a January move for Dias, who has also previously been linked with a switch to Manchester United.

The 22-year-old has contributed two goals in 17 outings for Benfica this season, while he has appeared on 102 occasions for the Portuguese giants in all competitions since debuting in 2017.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
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2Leicester CityLeicester16122239102938
3Manchester CityMan City16102444192532
4Chelsea169253124729
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd166642519624
6Wolverhampton WanderersWolves165922319424
7Tottenham HotspurSpurs166553023723
8Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd165741916322
9Arsenal165742424022
10Crystal Palace166461418-422
11Newcastle UnitedNewcastle166461723-622
12Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton165472024-419
13Burnley165382129-818
14Everton165291928-917
15Bournemouth164481824-616
16West Ham UnitedWest Ham164481828-1016
17Aston Villa164392328-515
18Southampton164391835-1715
19Norwich CityNorwich1632111734-1711
20Watford16169930-219

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