Manchester City pay Atletico midfielder Rodri's buyout clause

Manchester City pay Atletico midfielder Rodri's buyout clause
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - Atletico Madrid v Athletic Bilbao - Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid, Spain - November 10, 2018 Atletico Madrid's Rodri in action with Athletic Bilbao's Markel Susaeta REUTERS/Juan Medina -
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(Reuters) – La Liga club Atletico Madrid have confirmed that Premier League champions Manchester City have paid the 70 million euro (£63 million) buyout clause for their Spanish international holding midfielder Rodri.

The 23-year-old is one of City manager Pep Guardiola’s main transfer targets with the club in the market for a successor to their 34-year-old Brazilian defensive midfielder Fernandinho.

“Manchester City has paid the buyout clause on behalf of the player,” Atletico said in a statement “The player has therefore unilaterally terminated his contract with our club, which ran until June 30, 2023.”

Rodri was member of Atletico’s youth team before he joined Villarreal in 2015.

He moved back to Atletico 12 months ago and made 47 appearances in all competitions last season, including 34 in La Liga as Atletico finished runners-up to Barcelona.

Rodri is set to become City’s record signing, eclipsing the 60 million pounds they paid Leicester City to bring Algeria international Riyad Mahrez to the Etihad Stadium in July last year.

(Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Alison Williams and Ed Osmond)

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