Manchester City believe they have uncovered the heir to former captain Vincent Kompany with the signing of Ruben Dias from Benfica – so could he be the player to fix their defensive problems?
Portugal international centre-back Dias, 23, has joined Pep Guardiola’s side for £65m in the wake of City’s humbling 5-2 defeat by Leicester City on Sunday.
The 2018-19 Premier League champions finished 18 points behind winners Liverpool last season in their first campaign following club legend Kompany’s departure.
City lost nine league games last term despite suffering only six defeats combined across the two previous title-winning campaigns – and six in Guardiola’s first season in charge in 2016-17.
Dias has impressed in three years at Benfica, for whom he made 137 appearances, earning selection for Portugal’s 2018 World Cup squad at just 21.
But is he the answer to Guardiola’s concerns at the back?