Guardiola asks Manchester City to sign a Spanish pearl

Manchester City, led by Pep Guardiola, has a young Spanish promise in its sights: Rodrigo Riquelme. As Relevo has reported, the Atlético de Madrid footballer has aroused the interest of the English club and could become his next signing. Riquelme, who played last season for Girona and is currently playing in the Under-21 European Championship, has stood out and has captured the attention of the managers at the Etihad Stadium.

Manchester City has presented a first offer of 15 million euros plus 6 in variables, which has been rejected by Atlético de Madrid. However, negotiations remain open and an agreement is considered to be feasible in the near future. Although the rojiblanco club initially asked for 35 million euros, it is expected that they will lower their claims and find a meeting point in the negotiations. It should be noted that Riquelme’s termination clause exceeds 60 million euros after the renewal of his contract last year, which runs until 2028.

Guardiola asks Manchester City to sign a Spanish pearl

Atlético de Madrid has Roro Riquelme for the preseason and recognizes his great value in the European market. In his third loan, after passing through Mirandés and Bournemouth, the young footballer has shown his quality with 2,179 minutes in LaLiga, scoring four goals and providing four assists.

The young Spaniard is focused on the European Championship and does not want to get into the rumours. Girona, which is owned by the City Football Group, has shown interest in having the player in the 2023-24 season. However, from Atlético de Madrid, the 23-year-old player is expected to participate in the preseason and then a decision will be made based on the ups and downs of the team, as well as the offers that may arise for him. Although the events could accelerate after the European and Atlético obtain a significant number of income.

Riquelme is not considering another assignment, as in previous seasons, and has in mind to stay at Atlético or be transferred. In case of reaching an agreement, which will not be easy due to Atlético’s negotiating position, it remains to be seen if Roro would be transferred in that case, since there is a real possibility that he will be part of the squad. Manchester City is a top-level team, being the European champion, which would imply strong competition to have minutes of play.

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