Tiger Fight, September 30, Manchester City officially announced that the club has signed a six-year contract with Portuguese defender Ruben Dias. BBC reporter Simon Stone described the tortuous process of Manchester City's search for a central defender this summer.
He pointed out that since Kompany left Manchester City at the end of the 2018-19 season, Guardiola has been looking for a replacement for Kompany, and even Fernandinho played the position of central defender last season. Last season, Manchester City lost 9 league games, 3 more games than the previous two seasons when Manchester City won the championship. The demand for central defenders is becoming more and more urgent.
Manchester City have been associated with three names this summer-the first is Coulibaly, and the most durable. But he was 29 years old, and with 3 years left on his contract with Naples, Manchester City was "scared off" by Coulibaly's £70 million worth and finally chose not to shoot.
Second is Condé of Seville, but Condé is only 21 years old and Manchester City is not sure whether he can be the main force. The third name is Jimenez of Atletico, but Manchester City did not offer him an offer. They think the price of 78 million pounds is too high for a player with a lot of injuries.
Finally, returning to Ruben Dias, Stone pointed out that Dias is a player that Manchester City has been paying attention to. Although Manchester City has paid more than the 60 million pounds in the previous contract of Dias, it is better than him in November last year. The liquidated damages (80 million pounds) in the new contract will be less. Diaz has played 19 times for the Portuguese team. He is considered more experienced than Conde and more in line with Manchester City's requirements.