MANCHESTER CITY target Rodri has been compared to Barcelona great Sergio Busquets by one of Pep Guardiola’s coaches.
The Atletico Madrid holding midfielder, 22, is the champions’ top summer target.
2 Man City target Rodri has been compared to Barcelona great Sergio BusquetsCredit: Getty – Contributor
2 Pep Guardiola assistant Mikel Arteta highly rates the midfielderCredit: Getty – Contributor
Rodri, 22, has a £62million release clause — but Mikel Arteta says he is worth every penny.
Busquets has been a huge part of Barca and Spain’s recent successes.
And Arteta said: “Rodri closely resembles what Busquets is.
"Few people read the game alone.
“Those who anticipate scenarios, who are mentally stable and who can be a coach in the field — like Xabi Alonso or Xavi Hernandez.”
Competition for Rodri comes in the form of Bayern Munich and Manchester United but the Citizens are said to be clear favourites.
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Their cause will have been helped by news that the Spaniard is ready to force a move from Madrid.
Reports in Spain claimed on Tuesday that he informed Atletico of his desire to leave, and the club prefer a drama-free resolution to his future.
Many at City see him as a natural successor to veteran anchor man Fernandinho, whose contract is up in 2020.