City close in as €70m Fernandinho replacement makes big decision

Date published: Tuesday 18th June 2019 11:21

Rodri has told Atletico Madrid he wants to leave and pursue a new challenge this summer, claims Marca.

The Spanish outlet claims the midfielder has just informed Atletico CEO Miguel Angel Gil Marin, of his decision to “start a new sports project”.

Manchester City and Bayern Munich are believed to be very interested in the 22-year-old, whose release clause is €70million.

The former Villarreal’s man’s buyout is willing to be met by both clubs, but it’s Man City who lead the race with Rodri understood to be leaning towards The Etihad.

Marca reports that Rodri prefers to head to Manchester with Pep Guardiola having persuaded him to take a new career direction.

“Guardiola, in that sense, aims to make Rodrigo his new Busquets,” claims the Spanish source, with Rodri’s decision understood to be purely down to footballing reasons.

AS reported in may that City had put a “formal offer” on the table for the player and were willing to meet the €70million price tag.

And only two weeks ago Rodri failed to dampen down the speculation in an interview on Spanish TV – he told Cuatro via Calciomercato: “I asked the club for tranquility, to give me space. I would be hypocritical to say that I can guarantee anything.

“The only thing I can to say is that I have a contract with Atletico Madrid, I have a clause, I have conditions and today I’m happy here.

“I can’t say anything else because I don’t know what will happen.”

Rodri has won seven caps for Spain and made 47 appearances, scoring three times in LaLiga last season, catching the attention of Guardiola, who is looking for a long-term replacement for Fernandinho, 34.

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