Manchester City are not hanging around this summer, and Pep Guardiola is looking to strengthen his already brilliant team with a few more players, to ensure they can finally win the Champions League and also a third consecutive Premier League.
Despite winning a domestic treble last season, Manchester City are clearly not hanging around this summer.
Indeed, Pep Guardiola is seemingly looking to strengthen his talent-packed squad with more big name additions as the Spaniard attempts to take what is already a dominant side to a new level.
To that end, the club are seemingly ready to bring a Spanish international to the Etihad this summer, this time with a major swoop on Atletico Madrid for their midfield lynchpin, Rodri.
Journalist Fabrizio Romano confirmed the news on Tuesday and contract negotiations are now underway between the player and the club.
Manchester City have just confirmed to Atlético Madrid they’re going to pay the release clause for Rodri. Final price: €70M. The player is discussing his contract now. #transfers #MCFC #Atleti #ManCity #Rodri
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 18, 2019
As per a further report by the journalist in the Guardian, Bayern Munich wait in the wings should Rodri decide against joining Manchester City, but it does seem as if the Premier League champions have drawn first blood in a race to sign him, with the club understood to be ready to pay his €70m release clause.
The 22-year-old has only had one season at Atletico after his move from Villarreal but he has clearly impressed immensely and was heralded by Marca in 2018 as a potential heir to Sergio Busquets for the Spanish national side, so would join with a rather high footballing pedigree.
Like Busquets, he boasts a fairly daunting physical frame (6’2) and has a superb ability to anticipate dangerous situations, snuff them out before they develop and this can be seen in his defensive stats (per WhoScored) where he made on average 2.6 tackles per game, 1.2 interceptions, and 1.8 clearances.
Impressively, he also very rarely wastes the ball and had an average pass success rate of 91.1% last season, so it’s not hard to imagine that he’d fit in well with a side who place such an emphasis on possession.
Looking to win a third Premier League title on the bounce, this is good news on that front, providing a deal can be completed.
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