Man City Pay Rodri’s €70m Release Clause

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Manchester City have paid the £62.5m release clause for Atletico Madrid’s Rodri to allow the midfielder to leave the club.

The 23-year-old has long been identified as the player Pep Guardiola wanted as City looked to bring in a deep-lying midfielder during the summer transfer window.

It will beat City’s previous record of £60m in signing Riyad Mahrez in 2018.

Atletico confirmed on Wednesday that City’s representatives paid the fee at La Liga’s headquarters, meaning Rodri’s capture would be a club-record signing for City.

A statement read: “The representative of the player and representatives of the English club appeared at La Liga headquarters to exercise the rescission clause.

“Manchester City has deposited the amount of the termination clause on behalf of the player.

“In this way, the player has unilaterally terminated the employment contract that bound him to our club until June 30, 2023.”

Rodri joined Atletico in May 2018 after three years at Villarreal and made 34 league appearances as they finished second in La Liga.

City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain made Rodri City’s primary midfield target for this window as they seek competition, and an eventual replacement, for 34-year-old Fernandinho.

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