Manchester City ready to break club’s record to sign Atletico Madrid midfielder

Manchester City have come one step away from hiring the highly-rated Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri after accepting to match his €70m release clause

Pep Guardiola is eager to find a successor for the Brazilian veteran Fernandinho, and he has identified his fellow countryman as a top target for the summer.

The 22-year-old has established himself as a regular starter under Diego Simeone, registering 47 top-flight outings for Atletico last season.

Well aware of Rodri’s quality, the Argentinean manager is unwilling to let him leave the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano.

However, the Citizens are prepared to meet the player’s release clause, which will make Simeone powerless to stop his defensive midfielder depart Madrid.

The Spain international has allegedly informed the club’s chiefs of his desire to follow in the footsteps of Diego Godin, Filipe Luiz, and Antoine Griezmann, who will part ways with Los Colchoneros this summer.

Meanwhile, last season’s La Liga runners-up have set their sights on Real Madrid’s Marcos Llorente to replace the outgoing youngster.

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