Premier League champions Manchester City are looking to confirm a deal for Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri in the summer transfer window to become the long term successor for Fernandinho at the City of Manchester Stadium.
Pep Guardiola has taken the world by storm with his Manchester City side which is on course to be recognized as one of the greatest teams to ever play the sport. The blue half of Manchester became the first team in history to ever win the domestic treble of the Premier League, League Cup and FA Cup in England.
However, in order to maintain that high level of intensity at winning trophies and competing at the highest level, Guardiola has to reinvest and purchase players that he can call upon for the future and upgrade the current ones.
At the moment, Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho is already 34 years old and despite being a very impactful player, he is entering his twilight years and will be unable to last the whole ninety minutes regularly. Therefore Guardiola is looking to sign up a replacement for the future and has lined up Atletico Madrid’s Rodri.
The 22-year-old midfielder has shot to fame and is in heavy demand by plenty of top clubs in the European continent including Juventus and Bayern Munich. Rodri became a mainstay in Diego Simeone’s midfield racking up 34 appearances in the League netting three goals as well in the process helping the Rojiblancos to finish runners up on the La Liga table.
But after just one impressive season at the Wanda Metropolitano, the Spain international looks set to join Manchester City in a £62 million transfer deal next week as the only thing remaining for the transfer to complete is his medical.
Atletico Madrid signed Rodri from Spanish League rivals Villarreal last summer transfer window for a €25 million transfer fee but a move to the home of the Premier League champions looks to be confirmed by next week.
Manchester City is just growing in stature and becoming stronger with each passing season. Rodri should fit in well with Guardiola’s style of football and settle in well at Manchester City.