Manchester City Transfer News: City Agree Fee for Jack Rodwell

Dan TalintyreSenior Analyst IIAugust 12, 2012

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 01:  Jack Rodwell of Everton looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Everton at The Hawthorns on January 1, 2012 in West Bromwich, England.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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Manchester City look to have finally made first signing of the summer transfer window after Everton agreed to a fee for talented youngster Jack Rodwell.

The Toffes have agreed on an undisclosed amount for the 21-year-old with the English Premier League champions and is set to make a medical at the Etihad this coming Sunday, according to Goal.

The talented midfielder has made more than 100 appearances for Everton and despite missing out on Olympic selection, he will be an excellent addition to the Citizens squad once the transfer is officially announced by both clubs.

For those who might still be skeptical of the transfer, check out reports from both Sky Sports and BBC Sport if you're still unsure as to the legitimacy of the news.

The news comes after City owner Sheikh Mansour stated his intentions to sign talented players throughout the summer transfer window—despite the fact that prior to Rodwell, the Premier League champions had failed to make a single signing.

Per The Daily Star (h/t Goal):

What is important is to preserve the achievement of winning the title and maintaining our good standards of last season.

We will support the team with a player or players.

But this does not detract from the efficiency and capacity of the current squad of players—with whom the manager is completely satisfied.

Since his arrival at the Manchester club in 2008, Mansour has spent more than £400 million bringing in new players to the Etihad—culminating in league success last season for the Citizens. They will now be hoping to emulate that performance this year as they defend their title.

The signing of Rodwell is a clear signal of intent from City.

They know the depth of talent already existent in their squad and know that they are more than capable of defending their Premier League crown. By adding in good, solid youngsters to the depth and overall talent of the squad, they are only solidifying their position even further.


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