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Manchester City To Make Huge Bid For Atletico Madrid's Rodri

Rodri

Manchester City are one of those teams that are always trying to break the market and lure some talents out of their current teams all the way to the Etihad Stadium.

Not, it looks like Pep Guardiola is back at it and has set his eyes on Atletico Madrid's Rodrigo Hernandez 'Rodri', as Fernandinho's longterm replacement, as reported by Goal.

Apparently, Txiki Begiristain, Manchester City's sporting director, attended Atletico Madrid's clash against Girona at Wanda Metropolitano to watch the Spaniard play.

Rodri has excelled for Los Colchoneros, making everybody at the Spanish Capital forget about Gabi and drawing comparisons with Sergio Busquets.

So, with Fernandinho not getting any younger (he turns 34 next month), Guardiola is keen to strengthen his team with younger blood.

That's why the Citizens won't hesitate to meet Atletico's asking price of €70 million for the 22-year-old defensive midfielder.

Rodri's career started at Atletico's youth academy, but the team eventually decided to let him go because of his lack of strength and physicality, so he joined Villarreal to prove them wrong and, eventually, make a stellar comeback.

He's excelled in the defensive side of the pitch, is a master at tackling and has great timing to read his opponent's intentions and intercept passes and crosses.

Rodri's also quite a smart player and a guy that won't hesitate to take the ball up and help as a playmaker as well, even though he's way more known for his defensive expertise.

“Rodri comes across as very professional and prepared mentally. He can reach Busquets’ level and maybe surpass it. Who knows what his limits are? I have to set high goals, Busquets has always been a reference point for me,” Luis Enrique told Goal.

We already know what Guardiola made out of Sergio Busquets, so perhaps it's time for history to repeat itself.