Manchester City are ready to trigger the €70m release clause in the contract of Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri.
The 22-year-old has informed Atletico of his desire to leave the Spanish capital this summer, with both Man City and German giants Bayern Munich willing to meet his buy-out clause.
The Spain international only joined Atletico in a £21.5m deal from La Liga rivals Villarreal last summer, however, the midfielder has now told the club he wants to move on after just one season with Diego Simeone’s side.
According to Sky Sports, City are now ready to pay Rodri’s buy-out clause, which would exceed the club-record £60m deal which took Riyad Mahrez to the Etihad last summer.
Pep Guardiola has been keen to strengthen his midfield options as the Premier League champions seek competition, and a long-term replacement, for Fernandinho.
The Brazilian international turned 34 last month, and the addition of Rodri will prepare the club for the eventual departure of the midfielder who has been a vital part in the club’s recent success.
City will face stern competition for his signature from Bayern, with the Bundesliga champions also interested in a player who has been compared to Barcelona star Sergio Busquets.
Rodri’s departure will be another blow to Atletico, who have seen an exodus of players in what looks to be a summer of major overhaul.
First-choice defenders Juanfran, Diego Godin, Lucas Hernandez and Filipe Luis have already departed, whilst star forward Antoine Griezmann has also announced his intention to leave and looks set to join Barcelona.
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