Barcelona are keen on landing one of Manchester City’s key player.
Barcelona have been tipped to have a fecund transfer window in the upcoming summer and it is expected that this one could be their most revolutionary period of exchanges in recent memory. Nearly all the positions at the club need to be filled up with a candidate or two and several shortlists have already been made by the Catalans.
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Lautaro Martinez and Neymar have been the two main targets for invigorating the attack, whereas several other names are backed up to the South American duo. A few full-backs have also been touted to transfer to the Camp Nou, and the Blaugrana now need to turn their attentions towards signing a defensive midfielder and a centre-back.
Manchester City’s Rodri has been identified as a potential candidate by the Catalans, just one year after he completed a move worth 75 million euros to the Etihad Stadium, as per Don Balon. The Spain international has been used by Pep Guardiola in both the positions that Barca desire to cover and to good avail, so it’s no surprise he has been linked with them.
Rodri is just 23 years old, but after rising to prominence with Atletico Madrid under Diego Simeone, the defensive midfielder has gone on to become one of the world’s best in his position. Having said that, he too is keen on leaving the home of the Premier League’s defending champions after just one season at the club.
The player’s likely decision comes as a result of the fact that the Citizens have been banned from participating in UEFA’s club competitions for two years and they could see an exodus of players. The likes of Leroy Sane, Kevin de Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus have been backed to leave Man City, and so their chances of domestic glory could suffer a major blow as well.
Apart from the La Liga leaders, their fierce rivals Real Madrid are also thought to be eyeing Rodri who can be a reliable backup for Casemiro. Whether Pep Guardiola gets ready to part with his club’s most expensive signing remains to be seen, but it doesn’t make sense for the manager to keep a player who has his eye on returning to Spain, if at all.
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