Premier League Transfer News: Manchester City willing to pay €70M for Atletico Madrid midfielder
What's the story?
If reports are to be believed, Manchester City have informed Atletico Madrid that they are willing to pay the €70 million release clause for Rodri. The midfielder himself is yet to decide his future despite City's interest.
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The 22-year-old midfielder has been a vital cog in Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid since his arrival from Villareal last summer. The Spaniard made 47 appearances and bagged only 3 goals and 1 assist in his debut season but being a defensive midfielder in a side like Atletico, his impact should not be gauged in mere statistics.
Known for being technically gifted, Rodri can break opponent's rhythm with his intelligence and defensive abilities. Moreover, the 22-year-old is capable of helping out in creativity due to his passing range which helps him dictate the game. It is rare of a player of his age to show such maturity on the ball and the Spaniard has been compared with Barcelona icon Sergio Busquets for his style and movements.
It is crystal clear that Rodri is an asset for Atletico, who helped them finish second in the La Liga. On the other hand, Manchester City made history by winning the domestic treble at the end of a superb campaign.
The heart of the matter
It is no secret that Pep Guardiola remains interested in the Spanish talent and he is keen to replace Fernandinho who is already 33.
According to the report, City are in pole position to land Rodri and they are willing to pay out his release clause of €70 million. Fernandinho is surely reaching the end of his career and Guardiola is desperate to bring reinforcements and increase the depth in midfield.
Rodri has the potential to become the long term heir of Fernandinho. But he is yet to decide his future and it remains to be seen whether the player himself is willing to move away from Spain.
Rodri surely fits the bill for Pep Guardiola's side and it is likely that the player will be playing for the Premier League giants in the upcoming season.