Report: Manchester City Ready to Complete Club-Record Rodri Transfer

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistApril 23, 2019

MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 9: Rodri of Atletico Madrid during the La Liga Santander  match between Atletico Madrid v Leganes at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on March 9, 2019 in Madrid Spain (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images)
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Manchester City are reportedly prepared to pay a club-record fee to sign Rodri from Atletico Madrid

According to the Telegraph's James Ducker, the Sky Blues have scouted him "extensively" and identified him as a replacement for Fernandinho.

They'll have to pay his €70 million (£60.6 million) buyout clause to get him, though, meaning he'd cost them just more than Riyad Mahrez, who arrived from Leicester City for £60 million last summer.

It's reported City want to complete a deal to sign him early, so he has a full pre-season with the club.

Having spent time with Atletico as a youngster, the 22-year-old rejoined the Spanish club last summer from Villarreal.

The holding midfielder immediately established himself as a key player and has made 42 appearances for Los Rojiblancos this season, starting 37 of them.

Per OptaJose and Scouted Football, the Spaniard's distribution is excellent, and he's a combative ball-winner, too:

That would make him a fine replacement for Fernandinho, who will be 34 on May 4. Football writer Ryan Baldi and sports journalist Ryan Taylor believe as much:

City have no like-for-like replacement for the Brazilian in their squad. Ilkay Gundogan is the player manager Pep Guardiola has turned to at times when Fernandinho has been out, but he is coming up to the final year of his contract and is yet to put pen to paper on a new one.

Rodri is a more similar player to Fernandinho, so that could make it a straightforward process to slot into his role.

One of the keys to City's success in recent years, particularly under Guardiola, has been their unrivalled squad depth.

That depth was strengthened last summer when Mahrez was brought into a side already containing attacking and creative talents such as Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva and Leroy Sane.

However, they could soon find themselves struggling in what has the potential to become a problem area. It's imperative they address it as soon as possible, and Rodri would appear to be a good choice in that regard.

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