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Manchester City to rival Manchester United for Ruben Dias?

Man City to rival Man Utd for Dias?
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Manchester City reportedly join Manchester United in the race to complete a deal for Benfica defender Ruben Dias.

Manchester City have reportedly joined Manchester United in the race to complete a deal for Benfica defender Ruben Dias.

Dias emerged on the radar of several top sides after breaking into the Benfica first team in 2017, with the 22-year-old making 85 appearances in all competitions for the Lisbon club.

Pep Guardiola recognises the need for reinforcements in central defence after Vincent Kompany's departure and a serious injury to Aymeric Laporte has left the Premier League champions short in that area.

According to Manchester Evening News, both Manchester clubs will do battle to secure the defender's signature next summer.

The Red Devils are said to have tracked Dias for some time, with the club sending scouts to watch the Portuguese play in the Europa League knockout phases last season.

However, it is claimed that Dias, who has a release clause of £59m, turned down a move to Old Trafford in the summer after recently penning a new contract with the club.

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2Leicester CityLeicester128222982126
3Chelsea1282227171026
4Manchester CityMan City1281335132225
5Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd12453139417
6Arsenal124531617-117
7Manchester UnitedMan Utd124441612416
8Wolverhampton WanderersWolves123721615116
9Bournemouth124441515016
10Burnley124351718-115
11Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton124351517-215
12Crystal Palace124351016-615
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle124351118-715
14Tottenham HotspurSpurs123541817114
15Everton124261318-514
16West Ham UnitedWest Ham123451420-613
17Aston Villa123271720-311
18Watford12156823-158
19Southampton122281129-188
20Norwich CityNorwich122191128-177

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