MANCHESTER CITY are closing in on Atletico Madrid star Rodri after sources revealed that the Spaniard is keen to leave the club.
The mdifielder, believed to have a £62.5million release clause, is at the top of Pep Guardiola's shopping list, with the City boss remaining the favourite to lure him to the Etihad.
1 A holding midfielder by nature, Rodri has risen to stardom within two seasons due to his intelligence on the pitch
The 22-year-old, full name Rodrigo Hernandez, is also subject to interest from Bayern Munich and Barcelona after a stellar season at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.
Spanish outlet AS report that Atleti are willing to match Manchester City's £7.1million-a-year salary offer in a bid to sort out the player's future as soon as possible.
The club are keen on keeping Rodri, but don't want to turn his future into a 'soap opera'.
Sources close to the midfielder say he has already decided to leave, as he is disillusioned with Diego Simeone's style of play and wants to learn under Guardiola.
Pep sees the young holding midfielder as the ideal deputy to 34-year-old Fernandinho, who missed 15 games due to injury last season.
Last week Rodri put other clubs on alert after he asked for "space" to make a decision on his future.
Talks between the player and Atletico are set to begin soon after the midfielder returns from international duty with Spain.
With a long-term contract offer already on the table, it's up to Rodri to make a decision quickly – something both Atletico and City are keen on.
The youngster joined Atleti's youth setup aged 11 in 2007, but was released six years later due to his lack of physicality.
He made his La Liga debut for Villarreal in 2016 – and is now just three games off a century of appearances in the Spanish top-flight.