Manchester City are set to confirm the signing of Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri on Monday, according to reports.
City boss Pep Guardiola has made the Spain international his top target this summer and views him as a natural successor to Fernandinho, who is now 34.
Despite only joining Atletico from Villarreal last summer, Rodri is set to leave the Wanda Metropolitano after telling club officials he wants to move to the Premier League champions.
And the Mail reports that the Manchester club are set to finalise a deal on Monday after agreeing to meet Rodri’s £63 million release clause, which the player will have to pay directly to the La Liga club.
According to the publication, sources at Atletico believe a deal will be concluded imminently, despite claims from City that there is still work to be done before it goes through.
It is claimed that discussions have been held over the last few months and that the 23-year-old has already verbally agreed terms on a long-term deal.
Rodri impressed in his first season in Diego Simeone’s side following his £22m move 12 months ago.
He made 34 appearances in La Liga, scoring three goals and providing one assist as Atletico finished second behind Barcelona.
Atletico have already secured Rodri’s replacement, having confirmed the signing of Real Madrid midfielder Marcos Llorente.
Llorente has moved across the Spanish capital in a deal believed to be worth £35million.
And the 24-year-old’s unveiling on Friday seemed to confirm Rodri’s imminent departure, as he was presented with the number 14 shirt which was worn by the former Villarreal man last season.
In addition to securing his number one target, City boss Guardiola is also thought to be eyeing-up a move for Leicester defender Harry Maguire to fill the void left by former captain Vincent Kompany.