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THE LOWDOWN: Man City Linked to Atletico Madrid’s Rodri, What Can He Bring To The Champions

Manchester City are certainly not hiding their interest for Rodri, the 22-year-old midfielder from Atletico Madrid.

Seen as a direct replacement for Fernandinho, the Spaniard will be a regular starter at City next season if he can make the move from Spain to England.

At 33, Brazilian Fernandinho is on the wrong side of the hill so to speak and on occasions during the Blues treble-winning season, the absence in defensive midfield was key as Man City were found wanting on the counter-attack.

Pep Guardiola looks to have found a way around the problem when Fernandinho is absent, playing Ilkay Gundogan in this vital role. Yet the Catalan will want more cover and most importantly, a player with a more defensive mindset.

Though Rodri looks to fit the bill, his strength’s lie in your usual defensive midfield role. Very good in the tackle, blocking the ball and his aerial presence is an added bonus. Alongside his high concentration levels and solid passing game, the Spanish International seems like he would seamlessly fit in the team.

However, Atletico Madrid will want more than just 65 million from Man City. The Spaniards also want Gabriel Jesus in return as they look for a long-term replacement to the departing Antoine Griezmann, who looks likely to complete a 100 million-plus deal across Spain, with Barcelona the likely destination.

Disappointed with his lack of starts, striker Jesus would most likely leave the Premier League to guarantee regular appearances. However, the thought of departing the Champions could be slim, most likely due to the fact he knows his direct competitor in the starting 11, Sergio Aguero, is 31 this June.

Like Rodri, the 22-year-old Brazilian is seen as a Man City man for the next decade at least, especially with the form his side have shown in the past two seasons.

Whether he gives into just substitute appearances by Guardiola could see the arrival of Rodri. The question this swap will come down to whether Jesus fancies 90-minute football every game, and, would City really let a player of his ability go?

Man City fans what do you think?

Who Could Man City Sign as Pep Targets a 200m Summer Spending Spree

Despite becoming the first team to successfully retain the Premier League title for the first time in a decade, Man City manager Pep Guardiola will target up to four new signings this summer.

A fresh financial fair play scandal has re-surfaced since City won the league after beating Brighton 4-1 on Sunday. Yet despite the success, Guardiola is set to strengthen the squad as he aims to conquer Europe for the first time since 2011.

With a reported 200 million budget set to become open at the Etihad, who could come to the Etihad this season as the likes of Nicolas Otamendi, Fabian Delph and Eliaquim Mangala and Danilo all look set to leave the Premier League champions this summer.

We take a look at some potentials…

Matthijs de Ligt

Having recently turned down a move across town to Man United, The Ajax defender may look over to the east side of Manchester as he looks set to leave Holland.

City look set to move for a new centre back this summer and De Ligt could be a key addition. Yet with Barcelona looking like favourites ahead of the blues, Guardiola may miss out, just like with Jorginho 12 months ago.

Rodri

The Atletico Madrid man could swap clubs with Otamendi this summer and indeed replace Fernandinho in the holding midfield role. The 34-year-old is not getting any younger these days either and, Ilkay Gundogan may not be the man to fill the role particularly in the big European games.

According to the Telegraph, City will meet Atletico’s 60 million request for Rodri. With the CDM role such a priority, the chances are this price will be met and equal the club transfer record currently held by Riyad Mahrez.

Harry Maguire

Featuring as a potential signing for Man United last week by thefootballmancave.com, Maguire may not be a bad move to City either and finding negatives for the England international is a tricky one.

Admired by Guardiola, Maguire knows the league better than any up and coming foreign star. At 26 years old, he can play in this City team with John Stones and Aymeric Laporte for many years to come. Captain Vincent Kompany may extend his contract by another year too.

Arsenal and Chelsea will join the Manchester clubs in the hunt at a price of 60 million.

Houssem Aouar

Premier League rivals Liverpool will do battle with City off the pitch this summer before they go again next August on it.

Aouar can play in a variety of midfield roles including the ‘number six’ position, one that will bring music to Guardiola’s ears. Having scored seven goals in his breakthrough Ligue 1 season.

In the Champions League last season, the blues only took one point out of a possible six against the French team. Having been described as ‘incredible’ by the Catalan, it would be no surprise to see him in sky blue come pre-season.