Manchester City have shown over recent years that they are not reluctant when it comes to signing players from other clubs across Europe and beyond.
One player that the Citizens brought in from abroad fairly recently is Ruben Dias, who made his move to the Etihad Stadium from Benfica back in September 2020 for a fee of £65m.
Since then, the Portugal international has gone on to make 89 appearances for Pep Guardiola’s side across all competitions.
In those appearances, the centre-back has scored three goals, provided five assists and won two Premier League titles along the way.
Now, with the summer transfer window open, the Manchester club could have the chance to bring in what could be their next version of Dias to the Etihad.
Earlier this month, City were linked with a summer move for Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt.
As a fairly young defender playing at one of Europe’s top clubs, the 22-year-old could well follow in Dias’ footsteps by making a move to the Premier League.
After working his way through Ajax’s youth ranks, the Dutchman made 117 senior appearances for the club before making his move to Italy in the 2019 summer transfer window for an initial fee of £67.8m.
The centre-back has now made 117 appearances for Juventus in which he’s scored eight goals and delivered three assists after finding the net 13 times and providing seven assists for Ajax.
To compare De Ligt’s previous Serie A campaign with Dias’ latest season in the Premier League with City, the duo both ended up winning more than 20 tackles as well as making a combined total of 76 blocks, 80 interceptions and 208 clearances.
Labelled as a player that “can’t be stopped” by Mino Raiola, De Ligt certainly has what it takes to have a similar sort of impact at City that Dias has had since his arrival.
Moving forward, if the Citizens want to plan for the future, then securing a €100m (£86m) deal for the Juventus star this summer could be a very smart investment for them to make in the same way that their deal to sign the former Benfica youngster was.