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Rodri, Man City's club-record signing, plays like Busquets and is a classic Guardiola 'pivot' midfielder

The writing was on the wall. Well, on the shirt. Everyone pretty much already knew that Rodri was going to leave Atletico Madrid, who had set a €70 million buyout clause that was more invitation than deterrent, and that was confirmed when the Spanish club recently presented Marcos Llorente as their new signing. Not just because Llorente too is a deep midfielder, but because he was standing there grinning with his new shirt, No. 14 on the back.

Rodri's number.

Well, it was his number: On Wednesday,...

Man City make €70m Rodri their record signing

The FC crew explain how Rodri will help shore up Man City's midfield and point out one glaring area they still need to address.
With Rodri set to join Manchester City this summer from Atletico Madrid, Sid Lowe breaks down how the Spaniard will make an impact on the pitch.
After renewing his contract with Man City, Kyle Walker describes how he's developed under Pep Guardiola and his hunger for more silverware. Via Man City

Manchester City have signed Rodri from Atletico Madrid for €70 million, making him the most expensive signing in their history.

City had made the central midfielder one of their top transfer targets this summer but, according to ESPN FC sources, faced competition from Bayern Munich.

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After Rodri made it clear he wanted to leave Atletico, City deposited...


Man City set to sign €70m Rodri from Atletico

With Rodri set to join Manchester City this summer from Atletico Madrid, Sid Lowe breaks down how the Spaniard will make an impact on the pitch.
After renewing his contract with Man City, Kyle Walker describes how he's developed under Pep Guardiola and his hunger for more silverware. Via Man City

Manchester City are set to complete the signing Rodri from Atletico Madrid after the La Liga side confirmed they received the €70 million to cover the Spain international's buyout clause.

Sources had told ESPN FC at the end of June that City were closing in on the club-record deal and the activation of Rodri's buyout moves them one step closer to bringing the 23-year-old to the Etihad.

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Sources: City near club-record £63m Rodri deal

After renewing his contract with Man City, Kyle Walker describes how he's developed under Pep Guardiola and his hunger for more silverware. Via Man City

Manchester City hope to complete the signing of Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri Hernandez by next week, sources close to ESPN FC have confirmed.

Bayern Munich had been making a strong push for the Spanish international right down to the wire, but several sources have confirmed to ESPN FC that Rodri, 23, has finally opted to accept the offer from City.

Once the agreement is official, he will become the most costly signing in the history of the club, currently managed by Pep Guardiola.

City will...

Sources: City target Rodri wants Atletico exit

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Manchester City target Rodri has told Atletico Madrid he wants to leave this summer but the Spain international is yet to decide his next move, sources have told ESPN FC.

Sources had told ESPN FC in April that Pep Guardiola had earmarked Rodri as a top priority for the summer transfer window and the midfielder has been likened to Sergio Busquets, who was a key player for the ex-Bayern Munich boss at Barcelona. Guardiola sees Rodri as the ideal long-term replacement for Fernandinho.

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LIVE Transfer Talk: Manchester City to break club record for Atletico's Rodri

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TOP STORY: Man City to reel in Rodri and break transfer record

The Telegraph reports that Manchester City are ready to smash their transfer record by spending more than £60 million on Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri.

Rodri, 22, has been identified by...