Manchester City uninterested in bidding war for Atleti midfielder Rodri

April 23, 2019
By: Daniel Orme

Manchester City are uninterested in getting into a bidding war for reported transfer target Rodri, according to Sky Sports.

The Atletico Madrid man is thought to have been considered as a potential future replacement for midfielder current City man Fernandinho who turns 34 next month.

There have been suggestions that City would be willing to break their current transfer record to sign the defensive midfielder. Their current most expensive purchase is Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City last summer.

However, the reports suggest that Pep Guardiola’s men are not interested in getting into a battle for Rodri’s signature. The Spaniard currently has a £60.6m release clause written into his contract at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano.

The 22-year-old only joined Atleti last summer in a £21.5m deal from fellow La Liga outfit Villarreal. He has gone on to establish himself a key player at the club by making 42 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring two goals. His last strike came in the 3-0 victory over Alaves back in December.

Diego Simeone’s men take on Valencia on Wednesday evening as they aim to extend Barcelona’s wait for the title.

Rodri can be backed at odds of 20/1 with Betfair to score the opening goal of the game.

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