City show intent with double capture


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Manchester City have flexed their muscles in the transfer window with the capture of Rodri from Atletico Madrid and also triggering the buy-back option in Angelino’s contract at PSV Eindhoven.

The Etihad giants claimed back-to-back Premier League titles when pipping Liverpool to the trophy back in May, but Pep Guardiola is not one to rest on his laurels.

The Spanish tactician has moved to sign two of his compatriots, splashing out £62.8m to match Rodri’s release clause in Madrid as the Spain international becomes City’s record signing.

The 23-year-old is a defensive midfielder and the type of player Guardiola has been after for a while. Angelino was on City’s books for four years but failed to make a top-flight appearance before moving to PSV Eindhoven in 2018.

However, the Citizens inserted a £5.35m buy-back clause in the deal – good business considering how transfer fees have rocketed in recent years. The 22-year-old will provide defensive cover for Aleks Zinchenko and Benjamin Mendy at left-back, and director of football Txiki Begiristain feels they have re-signed a much better player than the one who left last year.

“Over the past year, he has gained excellent experience playing in the Eredivisie and the Champions League with PSV Eindhoven,” he said.

“We’re sure that he will bring additional defensive quality to our squad.” Angelo seemed upbeat about the move, stating: “City’s performances over the last two seasons have been incredible and I am very excited about returning and hopefully contributing to the club’s bid for more success.”

City are 1.70 favourites to win the Premier League, with Liverpool on offer at 3.30.

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