Report: Manchester City considered N'Golo Kante but will trigger Rodri's £60m release-clause

Pep Guardiola speaks during a press conference at Manchester City Football Academy on January 18, 2019 in Manchester, England.

Premier League champions Manchester City reportedly considered Chelsea's N'Golo Kante but have made Atletico Madrid's Rodri their top target.

Rodri of Atletico Madrid during the La Liga Santander  match between Atletico Madrid v Leganes at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on March 9, 2019 in Madrid Spain

Manchester City have been keeping tabs on N’Golo Kante’s situation at Chelsea but are now expected to go all out to sign Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri in the summer, as reported by Goal.

It is no secret that Pep Guardiola is desperate to bring a new deep-lying play-maker to The Etihad as Fernandinho approaches his 34th birthday, having missed out on both Jorginho and Fred to Chelsea and Manchester United respectively.

 

And Goal reports that City have identified Rodri, who has been labelled the ‘new Sergio Busquets’ because of his excellent reading of the game and impressive passing range, as their number one target.

The Spanish international has stood out since re-joining Atletico from Villarreal in 2018 and the report claims that the Premier League champions are now willing to trigger his £60 million release clause.

Girona's Spanish midfielder Pere Pons (R) challenges Atletico Madrid's Spanish midfielder Rodri (L) during the Spanish league football match Club Atletico de Madrid against Girona FC at...

City’s sporting director, Txiki Begiristain, watched Rodri in action as Atletico beat Girona 2-0 last week.

Interestingly, the report adds that Manchester City have also been considering a move for Chelsea’s World Cup winner Kante, though a deal that already looked unlikely is now all-but impossible after The Blues were hit with a transfer ban which will strengthen their desire to keep their key players.

Andre Gomes of Everton challenges for the ball with Ngolo Kante (R) during the Premier League match between Everton and Chelsea at Goodison Park on March 17, 2019 in Liverpool, England.

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