Published: Wed, July 03, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Manchester City pay £62.8m release clause for Atlético Madrid’s Rodri

Manchester City pay £62.8m release clause for Atlético Madrid’s Rodri

Representatives of Atletico Madrid midfielder, Rodri have paid his release clause to LaLiga today, Marca reports.

City chiefs travelled to La Liga headquarters with Rodri's representatives to inform them that they meant to pay his release clause.

It is strongly believed that the €70million was handed over to them by his future club, Manchester City.

In an official statement on their website, Atlético have confirmed that representatives for the Premier League club and the player paid the buyout fee at La Liga's headquarters on Wednesday.

Rodri joined Atletico in 2018 from Villarreal and made 34 league appearances last season to help them finish second in La Liga.

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"The player has therefore unilaterally terminated his contract with our club, which ran until June 30, 2023".

Rodri is now set to become the first permanent signing of the summer transfer window for the Citizens, who are looking to strengthen their squad further after securing a historic domestic treble in 2018/19.

The 23-year-old made 47 appearances in all competitions as Diego Simeone's side won the UEFA Super Cup and finished as runners-up to Barcelona in LaLiga.

Guardiola made Rodri one of his main summer targets after identifying him as the long-term replacement for ageing Brazilian global Fernandinho.

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