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Manchester City reveal stance on Atletico Madrid winger amid intensifying talk from Spain



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Manchester City have made indications to local media over their stance on Atletico Madrid winger Rodrigo Riquelme, amid transfer talk from Spain.

It had been reported earlier this week that Manchester City were ‘determined’ to secure the signature of the Spanish youth international, with a first proposal having already been made, but swiftly rejected by the La Liga giants.

Manchester City’s first proposal was reportedly made up of a €15 million fixed fee, with a further €6 million in add-ons. At the time of the original reports, it was claimed that negotiations remain open between the two clubs, with an agreement being feasible.

However, despite developments on the claim being provided by the likes of Marca and AS from Spain, Manchester City have now seemingly briefed local media on their stance with regards to the youngster, who spent last season on-loan at Girona.

According to the understanding of BBC Radio Manchester’s Mike Minay, there is no interest from Manchester City in signing Rodrigo Riquelme this summer.

A similar line from the Manchester Evening News’ Simon Bajkowski has been provided too, with it being stated that reports of a bid for Atletico Madrid’s winger are wide of the mark.

Manchester City are understood to be in the market for a winger this summer, but on the search for a player with a similar profile to Jack Grealish and Riyad Mahrez, as opposed to former wide-men such as Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling.

Pep Guardiola is moving away from wide attackers using pace in abundance to spark Manchester City attacks, instead looking at profiles who prefer to retain possession for longer periods of time and play intricate passes with midfielders and full-backs.

Elsewhere, City are expected to make their first formal approach for Josko Gvardiol this week, with RB Leipzig holding out for a world record transfer fee for the Croatian central defender, who has already indicated his desire to make the switch to the Premier League champions.