Manchester City have activated the release clause in Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri’s contract, the LaLiga club have announced. The 23-year-old was tied to Atletico until 2023, but City have met the reported €70 million (£62.8m) asking price to pave the way for his departure.
A statement on the Spanish club’s website said: “LaLiga has informed Atletico Madrid that Rodrigo Hernandez, through his lawyer, and representatives from Manchester City, paid the player’s release clause at the sports association’s headquarters on Wednesday, July 3.
“Manchester City has paid the buyout clause on behalf of the player. The player has therefore unilaterally terminated his contract with our club, which ran until June 30, 2023.”
The Spain international began his career in Atletico’s youth ranks before moving to Villarreal in December 2015. He made 47 appearances for the club last season as they finished runners-up to champions Barcelona and eight points clear of derby rivals Real Madrid, and eight more for his country.
Rodri would become City’s record signing with his fee eclipsing the £60m City paid Leicester for Algeria international Riyad Mahrez last summer. The Premier League champions’ spending isn’t expected to end there, either.
City are close to re-signing left-back Angelino from PSV Eindhoven. The Spain Under-21 international left City last year but the club are set to activate a £5.3million buy-back clause in his contract at the Dutch club. Manager Pep Guardiola is keen to bring in cover in the position.
Benjamin Mendy has been plagued by injuries since his £49.1m move to City in 2017 and neither Oleksandr Zinchenko nor Fabian Delph — two others to have played left-back — are specialists.
Angelino represents a good-value deal for City given that he is now valued at around £20m on the open market after a positive season in which he made 43 appearances for PSV.
Angelino came through the City Academy but made just three senior appearances in his first spell at the club. He has previously had loan spells at Girona and Mallorca in Spain, and at NAC Breda in the Netherlands.
The transfer is understood to be at an advanced stage but is not yet complete.