Going out of the Champions League could possibly be the most helpful thing for Manchester City right now, as they aim to go all out for the Premier League title.
They and Liverpool have been battling non-stop throughout the season and with just a few games to go, it is still all to play for. Indeed, City (at times) have looked unstoppable, especially since the turn of the year. Though with four league losses, Pep Guardiola will be keen to get better, even when some say it’s impossible to better his current options.
A role that Man City have explored the possibility of adding to is defensive-midfield, and this summer seems destined to be the time where they will. Everyone knows their struggles without Fernandinho and it’s a problem that simply needs addressing as soon as humanly possible.
Naturally, a number of players have been linked but none quite as good as the most recent one, Rodri.
Rodri, (who is valued at £54 million on Transfermarkt) is one of many top midfielders that Atletico Madrid boast in their ranks and is, therefore, another name being linked (as per the Independent) with Manchester City.
Guardiola is understandably reportedly keen to employ the ball-playing Spanish midfielder, given the success he has had with those in the past at Barcelona, with comparisons to Sergio Busquets already emerging within the report.
Obviously, Man City’s greatest concern right now is how exactly they will replace Fernandinho when he simply gets too old and the answer could be Rodri. As a highly-rated 22-year-old that only last summer joined Atletico Madrid, Rodri presents himself as a fantastic option for City, as a player that could be utilised in a deep-lying role protecting the defence.
Having played 42 times this season, Rodri is sure to keep improving else well, something that is sure to please Man City as they must pay a record-breaking fee to secure his services. If he does sign, the club will be delighted Jorginho snubbed them for Chelsea last summer.
City fans, would you take Rodri in that anchor-man role? If not, why not? Join the discussion by commenting below…
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