If you believe a lot of the media, Manchester City’s top target this summer is Atletico Madrid’s defensive midfielder Rodrigo. Pep Guardiola sees the young Spaniard as the long term heir to the role of Fernandinho in the City starting eleven.
According to WhoScored.com, The Citizens have warned their top target that they will move on to others if they don’t receive a quick answer from the 22-year-old before they trigger his £62.2 million release clause.
Despite the pressure being applied by City, Rodrigo has urged for City to be patient so he can make his decision. Therefore, there is every chance City may have to look elsewhere.
Strengths of the young Spaniards game include his passing, his tackling and winning ariel duels. It’s these traits that have seen Rodrigo labelled in the Spanish press as the next Sergio Busquets, not a coincidence then that Barcelona are also interested in the young Spaniard.
While Rodrigo seems hesitant to leave his home country, here are a couple of alternatives that City should be looking at instead of him…
22-year-old France International Ndombele who currently features for the French side Lyon would make a great alternate target for Man City. The young midfielder is attracting interest from across the Premier League and, while he is yet to confirm or deny whether he fancies a move away from France this year, perhaps City can get themselves to top of the pile.
Despite not starting for Real Madrid, young Spaniard Marcus Llorente is a defensive midfielder, that the media would have you believe is on the lookout for a new club to join and guarantee first-team football. Whilst City may not be able to guarantee the starting position Llorente wants, perhaps City could persuade him to make the move and save themselves a chunk of money if the player does, in fact, want out of the Santiago Bernabeu.