NEWS
Thursday May 16 2019
Manchester City target Rodri nearing Atletico Madrid exit

Midfielder Rodri wants a pay rise if he is to stay at Atletico Madrid but is prepared to leave should his €70m release clause be triggered, say Cadena Cope.

The player’s agent Pablo Barquero has informed Los Rojiblancos that his release clause will be deposited because his client wants to feel valued.

The 22-year-old only joined Atleti from Villarreal in a deal worth an initial €20m plus a further €5m in add-ons but has since been linked with a move away.

Last month, Onda Cero reported that Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Manchester City are all keen on his signature.

The Madrid-native has won five international caps for Spain inside the past 12 months and is the latest Atleti midfielder to be linked to City, following on from Saul Niguez and Thomas Partey.

Rodri has been widely tipped to be the successor of Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets for the Spanish national team and City boss Pep Guardiola is said to see him in this mould.

Bayern have already raided Atleti to sign Lucas Hernandez in an €80m deal this summer and are prepared to continue investing in their squad.

The midfielder’s contract at Atleti runs through until 2023 but the club would be powerless to prevent him leaving should his €70m release clause be met.

Football Italia website