Atletico Madrid

Manchester City keen to land La Liga star!

Pep Guardiola and his side are prepared to pay player’s £60million buy-out clause.

Fernandinho will be 34 by the start of next season, while David Silva will turn 34 midway through the 2019/20 season. Two of City’s most important midfielders are gradually coming towards the end. A long-term replacement for 33-year-old Fernandinho has long been top of City’s transfer wishlist and that will be the case again in the next window.  With Ilkay Gundoogan not comitting his future at the blue half of Manchester, it seems Guardiola might have a worrisome summer. Manchester City chief executive Ferran Soriano already revealed there will be “some exciting new players” arriving at the club this summer. It seems Manchester City are keen to lure this Atletico Madrid star.

Manchester City are keen on Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodrigo Hernandez Cascante ahead of the summer transfer window, and are prepared to pay his £60million buy-out clause. The holding midfielder only arrived Wanda Metropolitano from Villa Real last summer, but has already established himself as a key player under Diego Simeone, featuring in 38 games across all competitions, and City boss Pep Guardiola is said to be a huge admirer. The Spanish manager is lining up a replacement for the ageing Fernandinho, and Rodri is seen as a perfect replacement. The 22-year-old has often been compared to Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets, and it is no suprise that he has caught the eyes of Pep. Fernandinho, 33, has been crucial to City’s plans since arriving from Shakhtar Donetsk in June 2013, featuring in 190 league games and helping them to two Premier League titles and four League Cups. However, he won’t be able to keep playing at the top level for long, and the club are in need of a long-term replacement.

The Blues are clearly not the finished article, with reinforcement desperately needed at the heart of midfield, with Fernandinho turning 34 in May. City have prioritised that position in the last three transfer windows but have been thwarted in bids for Jorginho, Fred and Frenkie De Jong. They are narrowing their options for this summer, with Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez, West Ham’s Declan Rice, Lyon’s Tanguy Ndombele, Wolves’ Ruben Neves and Schalke’s Sebastien Rudy all getting favourable scouting reports. City are also looking at the chance of adding another left-back to the squad, as Benjamin Mendy’s injury woes continue, with Ben Chilwell high on the short-list. City play their cards very close to their chest when it comes to transfers, and much of the noise around them is generated by agents desperate to link their players to City.

Author’s Take:

Given how City have a history of missing their targets, this summer they will have to be strict about luring their targets. Guardiola has been frustrated with the club missing out on replacements on Fernandinho.
Guardiola said City could target as many as four players this summer and Soriano should fulfill it.

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