Benfica’s Ruben Dias and Villarreal’s Pau Torres are both ‘on Manchester City’s radar‘ as the club prepares to enter the market for up to ‘two centre-halves‘, writes James Ducker for the Telegraph.
Manchester City’s defensive struggles this season are hardly a secret. The failure to replace Vincent Kompany and Aymeric Laporte’s injury have left Pep Guardiola’s options threadbare in the heart of his defence.
Nicolas Otamendi may also be set to depart in the summer, in which case Manchester City would plan to bring in two new centre-backs to the club. Ruben Dias and Pau Torres, both 22, are the names who have been most recently linked, with the pair considered ‘among the most promising young centre-halves in Europe‘.
Both centre-backs are regulars at their clubs – Dias has become a mainstay in the Portugal national side, with an impressive sixteen caps to his name already. Torres, meanwhile, won his first and only cap for Spain in November – but the defender did score on his debut, in a 7-0 defeat of minnows Malta.
However, any potential transfers will almost certainly have to wait until the summer. Ducker cites the reason behind this is the fact that Manchester City are already at the maximum limit of seventeen non-homegrown players within the squad.
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