Man City pay record £62.6m for Atletico Madrid’s Rodri

Rodri is set to become Manchester City’s record signing, surpassing the £60m paid for Riyad Mahrez last summer. Photograph: Ángel Martínez/Getty Images

Manchester City are set to sign Spain midfielder, Rodri from Atletico Madrid for a club record £62.6 million after paying his release clause, says the La Liga side.

Atletico said that the player’s lawyers and representatives from City paid the release clause to La Liga yesterday.

Rodri, 23, has therefore terminated his contract with Atletico, which was due to run until June 2023.

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

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

He made his international debut in a friendly against Germany last year and has made six senior international appearances.

City had made Rodri one of their main targets this summer with manager Pep Guardiola keen to sign a defensively-minded player to bolster the Premier League champions’ squad.

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