Manchester City make formal offer for Atletico Madrid star Rodri


Manchester City have made a ‘formal offer’ to sign Rodri from Atletico Madrid. 

Pep Guardiola’s Premier League champions are looking to strengthen this summer and are willing to meet the 22-year-old’s £61million release clause. 

According to AS, City have now made a concrete bid for the central midfielder and the Spanish international is keen on a move to the Etihad. 

Diego Simeone wants Rodri to stay but, given the release clause, the player has his future in his own hands. 

Barcelona are also thought to be interested but as it stands, the former Villarreal man favours City. 

Guardiola has targeted Rodri as the man to put pressure on Fernandinho who, at 34, is entering the twilight of his career. 

Sporting director Txiki Begiristain made a personal check on the midfielder and City are following up with concrete terms. 

Fernandinho has been key for City this season and when injured, his absence was keenly felt. 

Rodri, who joined Atletico for £17m only last year, has been named in the Spain squad for their upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers and could be the heir apparent. 

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