Man United reject £62.5m Man City target over two worries

Date published: Tuesday 18th June 2019 9:48 - Matthew Stead

Manchester City and Manchester United target Rodri has told Atletico Madrid of ‘his decision to start a new sports project’.

Rodri has emerged as a midfield option for a number of leading European clubs, with Bayern Munich and PSG two other potential suitors.

City lodged a ‘formal offer’ for the 22-year-old last month, with interest from United – predictably – following soon after.

Spanish newspaper Marca say Rodri has now told Atletico of his desire to leave in what ‘is a purely football decision’.

He believes that ‘his talent can reach his ceiling at the orders of Guardiola in the City’ or at Bayern, with United and PSG able to offer loads of money but little else in comparison.

Spanish football expert Guillem Balague confirmed that City and Bayern are favourites, but went into detail as to why it would be United rejecting Rodri, and not the other way around.

Balague added that City’s plan ‘would be to play mostly Gundagan [sic] and Rodri in [the] holding midfielder role, with Fernandinho sharing duties there and as a third centre back’.


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