Manchester City are in talks with Atletico Madrid to sign Spain midfielder Rodri and are willing to pay his £62.6m release clause.
City boss Pep Guardiola is keen to sign a defensively-minded player to bolster the Premier League champions’ squad.
Rodri, 22, who joined Atletico from Villarreal in May 2018, has been one of their main targets.
If a transfer does go through, it would break the club-record £60m City paid Leicester for Riyad Mahrez a year ago.
No deal has been done yet, with Bayern Munich reportedly also showing interest.