Wednesday 18 September 2019

City pay record £63m for Rodri

 

Manchester City have bought out Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri's contract. Photo: Reuters
Manchester City have bought out Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri's contract. Photo: Reuters

James Ducker

Manchester City will announce the signing of Rodri, the Spanish defensive midfielder, from Atletico Madrid today in a club record £62.8 million deal.

The Premier League champions formally triggered Rodri's release clause yesterday when they deposited the funds with the Spanish League. The fee eclipses the £60m City paid Leicester for Riyad Mahrez last summer.

The signing ends Pep Guardiola's 18-month search for a successor to the 34-year-old Fernandinho. The search initially led to Fred - the Brazil midfielder joined rivals Manchester United last summer - and then Jorginho, who opted to move to Chelsea from Napoli. Guardiola then targeted Ajax's Frenkie de Jong, who instead struck an agreement with Barcelona in January.

City have also re-signed left-back Angelino from PSV Eindhoven, a year after selling him to the Dutch club.

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