Manchester City ‘ready to break their transfer record to land Rodri’ as Atletico Madrid refuse to budge on £60.6m release clause
- Pep Guardiola’s side’s current record signing is Riyad Mahrez who cost £60m
- The champions are looking to strengthen the holding midfield position
- The La Liga side are reluctant to budge on their £60.6m valuation this summer
Manchester City look set to break their transfer record this summer for Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri.
Pep Guardiola’s side’s current record signing is Riyad Mahrez who cost £60million last summer from Leicester City.
The champions are looking to strengthen the holding midfield position with Fernandinho turning 34 next month.
Manchester City are tracking Rodri, whose release clause is believed to stand at £60million
Position: Defensive midfield
2018–19 appearances: 39
Current club: Atletico Madrid (2018-)
Former clubs: Villarreal (2013-18)
Current contract: Ends in 2023, release clause believed to be £60m
According to the Telegraph, City see 22-year-old Rodri as Fernandinho’s ideal replacement.
The La Liga side are reluctant to budge on their £60.6m valuation which would just break City’s current transfer record.
Sportsmail understands sporting director Txiki Begiristain attended Atletico’s 2-0 win over City’s sister club Girona at the Wanda Metropolitano earlier this month.
The 22-year-old only joined Atletico last summer, costing £18m from Villarreal, but his performances have attracted interest from across Europe, including Bayern Munich.
City’s attempts at securing a new midfielder have been thwarted thus far after they missed out on top target Frenkie De Jong, who opted for Barcelona.
Manchester City are hunting a successor for Fernandinho, who turns 34 next month
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