Rodrigo the Atlectito Madrid Midfielder is set to join the Premier League Giant after his release clause was met by Manchester City.
Manchester City are set to sign Atletico Madrid’s Rodrigo Hernandez for a club-record 70 million euros after activating the midfielder’s release clause on Wednesday.
Atletico confirmed that City have paid the $79 million fee which automatically terminates Rodrigo’s contract with the Spanish club.
“La Liga informed Atletico Madrid on Wednesday that representatives of Rodrigo Hernandez and Manchester City have deposited the amount of the release clause in the name of the player,” Atletico said in a statement.
“In this way, the player has unilaterally terminated the employment contract that bound him to our club until June 30, 2023.”
Rodrigo’s departure had been expected and one hour after announcing City’s move on Wednesday, Atletico confirmed the signing of Hector Herrera from Porto.
A club statement described Herrera as a “strong, talented and skilful midfielder,” adding that the Mexican will finalise a three-year contract on Thursday.
Rodrigo has been tipped to succeed Sergio Busquets as Spain’s leading defensive midfielder and will give Pep Guardiola a strong alternative to the 34-year-old Fernandinho next season.