Two transfers that were expected to be confirmed have been made official during Wednesday, and both involve cultured central midfielders who were wanted by several clubs all over Europe. We’re talking about Rodri Hernandez and Hector Herrera.
Rodri had already announced he was leaving Atletico Madrid ahead of the 2019/20 season, and he was widely expected to join Manchester City. The move has been confirmed on Wednesday, as the reigning Premier League champions have acquired the Spain international for a reported €70 million fee.
Rodri should become a starter right away for The Citizens, and his arrival could trigger several other moves as now players such as Fernandinho and Ilkay Gundogan might end up leaving City after all.
Atletico needed to find a replacement for the Spaniard, and have announced the arrival of Mexico international Hector Herrera, who comes from FC Porto. Unlike the Rodri move to City where the Premier League side had to pay his release clause, Herrera arrives to the Wanda Metropolitano on a free transfer after his contract with Porto expired at the end of the 2018/19 campaign.
Rodri had three goals and one assist in 34 La Liga appearances for Los Colchoneros last season, while Herrera contributed with six goals in 33 Liga NOS outings for Os Dragoes.