Manchester City have triggered the release clause of Atletico Madrid star Rodri, taking a deal for the Spanish midfielder one step closer.
Rodri had been contracted to Atletico until the summer of 2023 but the Spanish club has now confirmed his deal has been “unilaterally terminated” ahead of a move to Manchester City.
Five key things to know about the Rodri to Man City transfer…
- Rodri joined Atletico Madrid from Villarreal last summer, signing a five-year contract
- The 23-year-old enjoyed an impressive debut season at the club, sparking interest from Manchester City.
- City have now triggered Rodri’s release clause, which is reportedly worth £62.8m.
- Rodri is now free to agree personal terms with the Premier League champions.
- Atletico have already signed Hector Herrera as his replacement after his Porto contract expired.
Atletico announced the news via a statement on their official website on Wednesday.
The statement read: “La Liga announced [on] Wednesday at Atletico Madrid that Rodrigo Hernandez, represented by a proxy, and representatives of Manchester City have appeared at the headquarters of the football agency in order to exercise the rescission clause of the player.
“Manchester City has deposited the amount of the termination clause on behalf of the player.
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“In this way, the player has unilaterally terminated the employment contract that bound him to our club until June 30, 2023.”
Rodri looks set to become the first addition to Pep Guardiola’s first-team squad ahead of the 2019/20 season.
The midfielder has made six appearances for the Spanish national team since making his senior debut last year.