Man City To Target Rodri And Break Club’s Transfer Record


BARCELONA, SPAIN - APRIL 06: Rodri of Atletico Madrid evades Sergio Busquets of Barcelona during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Club Atletico de Madrid at Camp Nou on April 06, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain.
BARCELONA, SPAIN - APRIL 06: Rodri of Atletico Madrid evades Sergio Busquets of Barcelona during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Club Atletico de Madrid at Camp Nou on April 06, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

The Telegraph has reported that Manchester City are ready to smash their transfer record.

Reportedly they are willing to spend north of £60 million on Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri.

Rodri, 22, has been identified by City manager Pep Guardiola as the long-term replacement for Fernandinho.

With Atletico unwilling to sell him for anything less than his €70m release clause, City will have to eclipse the £60m they paid Leicester for winger Riyad Mahrez.

Eye on Lyon's Tanguy Ndombele

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 13: An injured Anthony Lopes of Olympique Lyonnais reacts as he leaves the pitch alongside Tanguy Ndombele during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg match between FC Barcelona and Olympique Lyonnais at Nou Camp on March 13, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain.
BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 13: An injured Anthony Lopes of Olympique Lyonnais reacts as he leaves the pitch alongside Tanguy Ndombele during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg match between FC Barcelona and Olympique Lyonnais at Nou Camp on March 13, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
City are also keeping an eye on Lyon’s Tanguy Ndombele, but Rodri is top candidate for holding the midfield role.

Guardiola initially pursued a transfer of Ajax’s Frenkie De Jong as heir to Fernandinho.

But his former club, FC Barcelona, beat him and signed the Dutchman in spring 2019.

And that kept Barca away from a deal with Rodri, making room for City.

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Mahrez furious about being benched

SWANSEA, WALES - MARCH 16: Riyad Mahrez of Manchester City is challenged by Cameron Carter-Vickers of Swansea City during the FA Cup Quarter Final match between Swansea City and Manchester City at Liberty Stadium on March 16, 2019 in Swansea, United Kingdom.
SWANSEA, WALES - MARCH 16: Riyad Mahrez of Manchester City is challenged by Cameron Carter-Vickers of Swansea City during the FA Cup Quarter Final match between Swansea City and Manchester City at Liberty Stadium on March 16, 2019 in Swansea, United Kingdom. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

On other matters, The Daily Mail has claimed that Riyad Mahrez is furious about being benched for Manchester City.

He may even consider walking out on the club less than 12 months after joining from Leicester for £60m. City manager Pep Guardiola has played down the incidence and stated:

“Riyad Mahrez will be with us next season and the next one, and the next one,” he told a news conference. “I don’t need to speak with him. He knows we are happy with him.”

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