Atletico Madrid are preparing another swoop for Valencia’s Rodrigo Moreno in the winter transfer window, Goal can reveal, with Diego Simeone’s side having failed in their attempts to land the attacker in the off-season.Atleti’s summer additions included the pricey Joao Felix, midfielder Marcos Llorente, Mario Hermoso, Felipe and Kieran Trippier. And, while Simeone is satisfied with his squad, the Argentine feels he is still missing an attacker.Simeone is keen to add a versatile forward to his squad, one capable of playing anywhere along the front line that would be comfortable alternating with Alvaro Morata, Diego Costa and Joao Felix, and the Atletico coach believes Rodrigo to be that individual. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream As previously published by Goal, Valencia owner Peter Lim and Atletico CEO Gil Marin, with super-agent Jorge Mendes acting as intermediary, agreed upon a deal that would see Rodrigo join the Spanish capital club for €60 million (£54m/$66m).Part of that agreement, however, was that the deal would only go through if Angel Correa was offloaded by Atleti. That failed to happen, meaning Rodrigo had to stay in Valencia as his potential move to the Wanda Metropolitano fell through.Indeed, it is understood that the Spain international was so confident that the deal would happen that he gave his farewells to Los Che team-mates at Mestalla.Lim left his Liga rivals with plenty of time to come up with the cash, waiting patiently until the final moments of the transfer window, but the funds never materialised and Rodrigo returned to work under Marcelino, at least until January.It remains to be seen how highly Valencia will value the player that they put a €60m price tag on this summer, but what is certain is that Simeone sees Rodrigo as the man to complete his squad plans and that Lim would definitely sell if the club’s valuation is met.Atletico currently top the standings in La Liga with nine points, gaining three wins from three games as they began their season in inspired form. The Rojiblancos return to domestic action after the international break with a trip to Real Sociedad on September 14.
Rodri was forced off during Manchester City’s Champions League match against Atalanta, with the Spain international suffering an apparent hamstring injury.Shortly after Sergio Aguero had scored his second goal of the night from the penalty spot to put City 2-1 ahead, Rodri – playing again in the unfamiliar position of centre-back – missed a defensive header to let Atalanta forward Alejandro Gomez through on goal at the Etihad Stadium.The former Atletico Madrid man recovered his ground to make a well-judged tackle but instantly raised his hand to gesture for treatment. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Rodri has impressed in holding midfield since becoming City’s record signing in July, slotting into defence over the past week to cover for Pep Guardiola’s centre-back shortage.41. SUB | Stones on for Rodrigo as his night ends early after he appears to have picked up an injury.Hope he’s okay. 2-1 #ManCity pic.twitter.com/ltvv9SOCuo— Manchester City (@ManCity) October 22, 2019City have been forced to use a makeshift centre-half pairing of Rodri and Fernadinho in their last two matches because of the injury crisis.However, John Stones, fit again following a thigh problem, replaced Rodri against Atalanta, while Nicolas Otamendi returned to the bench after a back complaint and played the final 23 minutes.First-choice central defender Aymeric Laporte is still recovering from knee surgery alongside winger Leroy Sane, while City announced earlier on Wednesday that full-back Oleksandr Zinchenko has sustained a knee injury of his own and will be assessed over the coming days to determine the extent of the damage.The match against Atalanta started in a nightmare fashion for City with the Italians going ahead in the 28th minute through a Ruslan Malinovskiy penalty,But the home side hit back six minutes later through Aguero, before the Argentine put City ahead from the spot before the interval.It didn’t take long for City to put their opponents to the sword in the second half as Raheem Sterling grabbed a hat-trick within 11 minutes to seal a big victory.City have won all three of their Champions League group games to be on nine points, five clear of Dinamo Zagreb and Shakhtar Donetsk.Their next fixture is a league clash at home against Aston Villa before welcoming Southampton to the Etihad twice in four days for League Cup and Premier League matches.City’s European campaign continues on November 6 with the return contest against Atalanta.