Manchester City will make an offer of €70m (£61.5m) for Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri, according to reports in the Spanish media.
Atletico won’t consider bids for the 22-year-old unless a club triggers his release clause, which City are reportedly prepared to do.
The Citizens’ current transfer record is the £60m they paid Leicester City for Riyad Mahrez and it looks as though the club are willing to break that to seal a deal for Rodri.
Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone reportedly doesn’t see the midfielder as irreplaceable so won’t fight tooth and nail to keep him.
It means Rodri is very likely to arrive at the Etihad Stadium this summer if contract talks go smoothly. It is believed City will offer a five or six-year contract with head coach Pepe Guardiola keen to add him to the squad.
The Spanish international would be seen as Fernandinho’s long-term successor in the heart of City’s midfield.