Manchester City Announce Signing Of Midfielder Rodri From Atletico Madrid
Manchester City have announced that they've broken their transfer fee record by signing Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri.
Pep Guardiola has been trying to sign a midfielder to compete with Fernandinho for over a year and the Manchester City manager has now got his man.
The Premier League champions have announced their second signing of the summer with midfielder Rodri signing for £62.8 million from Atletico Madrid.
Yesterday it was revealed by Atleti that the 23-year-olds release clause had been triggered by City and it's taken less than 24 hours to complete the deal.
Guardiola had wanted competition for Fernandino with the Brazilian having turned 34 last May, and had tried to sign Fred and Jorginho in the past year, before they joined Manchester United and Chelsea respectively, and now he's got his man.
Rodri played for Villereal for three seasons before moving to Atleti in the May 2018 for €20 million with a further €5 million in bonuses.
He started 34 games in La Liga last season, scoring three goals, and impressing Guardiola enough to make the move.
The transfer breaks City's previous record for a transfer fee which had been broken by their signing of Riyad Mahrez last summer, which cost £60 million, who had beaten the £57 million spent on Aymeric Laporte.
The news comes less than a day after City confirmed their first signing of the summer, with PSV left back Angelino returning to the club a year after moving to the Eredivisie.
The champions have won back-to-back titles accumulating 198 points in their two incredible seasons and will be hoping to win three titles in a row for just the third time in Premier League history.
Manchester United won three titles from 1999-2001 and did it again between 2007 and 2009.
Whilst City will be hoping to equal, and eventually better, that achievement their number one target for the season will be winning the Champions League for the first time.