Rodrigo to join Manchester City – Manchester City has been the most dominant club in the Premier League from the last 2 seasons. Liverpool gave them a very tough competition this season but they showed their class and won the League on the final match day of the season by a single point.
Atletico Madrid’s midfielder Rodri is said to have finalised his move for Manchester City. The 22 year old will replace Fernandinho who turns 34 next year. Pep Guardiola is a big fan of the Spaniard and he became a priority after they were unable to sign Frenkie De Jong. It is said that Bayern Munich was also in the race for Rodri’s signature but Manchester City’s offer of £62.5m has secured the deal for them.
Rodrigo to join Manchester City
After this transfer happens, Rodri will become the second most expensive Spaniard after Kepa Arrizabalaga. Rodri came through the academy at Atleti but in 2013 left to Villarreal, progressing through to become an established first-team star. Rodri was offered plush apartments but he preferred to spend his time in the shared hostels with his colleagues. Rodri’s play-style has been compared to Sergio Busquets from Barcelona. Rodri will be able to learn and adapt in the league with the help of Fernandinho who will be his guide and teacher alongside Pep. For City Rodri is a long-term prospect as he is only 22 years old. They will help develop his talent and game so that he is able to be the heart of Manchester City’s defence.
Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid have already secured Rodri’s replacement by signing Real Madrid’s midfielder Marcos Llorente. Tanguy Ndombele and Llorente were going to be the backup options to Rodrigo in case the transfer had been hijacked by Bayern Munich. Apart from Rodri, names like Joao Cancelo and Harry Maguire are also on Manchester City’s Shopping cart as they want to strengthen their defence with Vincent Kompany’s departure.
Rodri has the potential to develop into the brightest and smartest midfielder in world football. Every football fan will be eager to see how Rodri performs under the brilliance of Pep and how he settles and adapts to the new club, country and league.