Spaniards target England international.
La Liga title contenders Atletico Madrid are reportedly set to launch a shock bid for Manchester City midfielder Jack Rodwell, according to Sports Direct News.
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The England international rose to prominence at Everton, where he established himself as one of the brightest prospects in the country, but since linking up with City he has seen his development curtailed by a series of muscle injuries.
However, reports in Spain have suggested that he is just one of a number of names heading up an Atletico wish list that covers an area of the squad that coach Diego Simeone feels is lacking both in quality and quantity.
Rodwell has suffered a torrid time at the Etihad, and with manager Manuel Pellegini actively pursuing new faces for the centre of his midfield his route to regular first team football will be blocked by whoever comes in before Friday night’s deadline.
Atletico are said to be hoping to push a deal through today, but are also willing to wait until the summer should that not be feasible with so little time left.
City are also said to be keen to hold on to him unless they can find a suitable replacement who can play in the Champions League, but have also consigned themselves to losing out on a big chunk of the £15m they initially paid for him.