NEWS
Thursday June 20 2019
Bayern Munich to pip Man City to Atletico Madrid's Rodri?

Rodri has told Atletico Madrid he wishes to leave the club this summer but Bayern Munich may beat Manchester City to a deal, report Diario AS.

It is said that both clubs are in a position to pay his €70m release clause and the central midfielder has not yet chosen his next destination.

A report in Marca earlier this week claimed that City were the player’s preferred option after news emerged that he would definitely be leaving the Wanda Metropolitano.

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.

Last month, a report in Diario AS claimed Rodri ‘is closer to playing in Manchester than Madrid next season’ with a deal appearing increasingly likely but Atleti are keen to clarify his future as soon as possible.

The 22-year-old only joined Los Rojiblancos 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.

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.

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