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JUST IN: Man City agree to pay club record for Atletico star

EPL By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 18/06/2019

Manchester City agrees to pay club record £62.5million for Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri, according to reports.

The 22-year-old Spain international who has been compared to Barcelona great Sergio Busquets is considered a long-term replacement for the 2010 World Cup winner in the national team set up.

According to Sky Sports claims that Premier League Champions are ready to meet Rodri release clause of £62.5m (which becomes active from 30 June) by overtaking 60 million pounds paid for former PFA Player of the Year Riyad Mahrez last summer from Leicester City.

Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and ​Manchester United have been linked with Atletico Madrid man with the ​Premier League Champions sees the Spaniard as a long-term replacement for 34-year-old defensive midfielder ​Fernandinho, whose contract expires in 2020.

Former Rayo Majadahonda star joined the ​La Liga side as a youngster but was released after six years at the club, before he had the opportunity to make his professional debut at Villarreal, where he made 84 appearances before returning to spell at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium for an initial £17m fee in 2016.

Rodri won many admirers during his debut season with Los Rojiblancos where he featured 47 times in all competitions and he played a vital part in Atletico 4-2 win city rivals Real 4-2 in the UEFA Super Cup.

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