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Sources: City near club-record £63m Rodri deal


Sources: City near club-record £63m Rodri deal

Manchester City hope to complete the signing of Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri Hernandez by next week, sources close to ESPN FC have confirmed.

Bayern Munich had been making a strong push for the Spanish international right down to the wire, but several sources have confirmed to ESPN FC that Rodri, 23, has finally opted to accept the offer from City.

Once the agreement is official, he will become the most costly signing in the history of the club, currently managed by Pep Guardiola.

City will...

Atletico sign Llorente from rivals Real Madrid

With Antoine Griezmann in the news with his decision to leave Atletico Madrid, Frank Leboeuf is asked about his role in the France national team.

Atletico Madrid have signed Real Madrid midfielder Marcos Llorente on a permanent transfer, both clubs announced on Thursday.

The 24-year-old will put pen to paper on a five-year contract with the Rojiblancos, subject to a medical, Atletico said in a statement.

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A youth product of Real Madrid, Llorente only made seven league appearances last season -- 15 in all competitions -- and Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane was not...

Llorente to depart Real Madrid with Premier League on the horizon - source

Gareth Bale was not on the pitch but it didn't matter for Real Madrid, defeating an inspired Villarreal side 3-2 at Estadio Santiago Bernabéu.

Marcos Llorente will leave Real Madrid this summer with several Premier League clubs interested in his services, a source close to the player has told ESPN FC.

Llorente has made only six league appearances this season, 15 in all competitions, and Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is not counting on having the midfielder in his squad for the 2019-20 campaign.

Diario AS reported that Llorente is a target for Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea, although the latter are banned by FIFA from making any...

Karim Benzema scores two more, Raphael Varane stands tall as Madrid reach Copa semis

Real Madrid players celebrate after a Karim Benzema goal in the Copa del Rey against Girona.
Karim Benzema's brace gave him five goals in his last three games and 15 for the season, three more than he had all of last campaign

Real Madrid eased into the Copa del Rey semi-finals with two sweet Karim Benzema strikes setting up a 3-1 win on the night and 7-3 progression on aggregate.


Madrid survived Girona's fast start and matched their opponents' intensity. Second, two further pieces of evidence that Benzema is the most in-form No. 9 around at the moment secured passage to the last four. Marcos Llorente's performance and goal in midfield was another big plus. Coach Santiago Solari now has almost a full squad...

Llorente 8/10 as Real Madrid cruise past Al-Ain, win Club World Cup

Llorente, right, was exceptional in midfield as Real completed a comfortable victory over Al-Ain.

Real Madrid won a third consecutive Club World Cup trophy thanks to a 4-1 victory over hosts Al-Ain in Saturday's final in Abu Dhabi, with Los Blancos' goals coming from Luka Modric, Marcos Llorente, Sergio Ramos and a Yahia Nader own goal, while Tsukasa Shiotani got Al-Ain's late consolation.


A fourth CWC in this current format means Madrid have won this tournament in its current format more than any other club -- most important, they've won it more than La Liga rivals Barcelona....

Real Madrid's Marcos Llorente wants regular football or a transfer - sources

Is Eden Hazard trying to engineer a move to Real Madrid and become the next Galactico?

Real Madrid midfielder Marcos Llorente will ask for a move away in January if he is not still playing regularly, sources close to the player have told ESPN FC.

Despite having started each of Madrid's last six games while first choice holding midfielder Casemiro was out injured, Llorente has not changed his mind over his need for regular first-team football between now and the end of the campaign.

He barely featured during the first four months of 2018-19, and was subsequently linked with a move...