Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is reportedly interested in Atletico Madrid’s defensive midfielder Rodrigo Hernandez according to media reports. Rodri, as he is popularly known, has become a key feature for Diego Simeone’s side as he embodies the tireless midfielder that the Argentine tactician relishes.

He has been able to replace club legend Gabi and it is believed that Pep Guardiola wants the player to replace Brazilian midfield enforcer Fernandinho. Fernandinho has proven to be arguably the most important player at the Etihad as he keeps the attacking unit together with his ability to win the ball and initiate attacks from deep.

However the Brazilian is in the twilight of his career at 33 and Man City are looking for long-term replacements for the midfielder. Rodri is rated highly by Pep as the Spain International has been one of the top performers for Atletico since his summer move from Villarreal. He has developed into a tough tackling defensive midfielder with the ability to pass effectively in the midfield.

“There are reports that the 22-year-old has a buyout clause of €70 million and Man City are willing to match this clause to sign the player. Rodri has been compared to legendary defensive midfielder Sergio Busquets. Busquet was given his debut by Pep Guardiola who effectively transformed the midfielder into “a world class player.

Rodri has the height and Physical attributes to play effectively in the middle of the park for Manchester City and a deal would be a good one for the English outfit.

It is understood that the player is tempted by the allure of playing in England and the possibility of earning three times his current wages at Atletico Madrid. Rodri is not the only Atletico player linked to Manchester City as Saul Niguez has also been linked to the club.