According to a report from the Evening Standard, Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has asked Daniel Levy to sign Benfica ace Ruben Dias. And that will be a case of another one bites the dust for West Ham, who have allegedly been tracking the defender for quite some time now.

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The Hammers were linked with a move to sign the 23-year-old last year with the Daily Mirror claiming that the east London outfit performed several extensive scouring missions on the centre-back.

The Benfica ace has a massive £80 million release clause, according to TEAMtalk. Football.London claims that he could be picked up for closer to £40 million, however.

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Ruben Dias (Photo by JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP via Getty Images)

So that kind of fee instantly gives us little chance of signing him. It could now be mission impossible, however, with the Evening Standard claiming that Dias, who is represented by long-term Mourinho chum Jorge Mendes, is a preferred option for the Spurs boss.

Dias is a truly top class centre-back. And he will undoubtedly grace the Premier League if, or more likely when, he comes to England.

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Ruben Dias (Photo by Gualter Fatia/Getty Images)

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The Portugal international made 33 Primeira Liga appearances for Benfica last season. And he racked up two goals and two assists in the process (Who Scored).

 

In those outings, he averaged 1.3 tackles, 0.9 interceptions and 3.1 clearances per game. The 23-year-old also won an average of 2.6 aerial duals per game (Who Scored).

Tuga Scout have described the Benfica centre-back as world-class. And they’re not wrong.

Dias is undoubtedly one of the best young defenders in the game. And although signing him was a distant dream for West Ham, Tottenham could completely put that dream to bed this summer if Mourinho gets his wish.

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