Manchester City have been credited with interest in Atlético Madrid’s Rodrigo Riquelme, even before they sold Riyad Mahrez to Al-Ahli on July 19th.

Last month, we relayed news from Spain that the Citizens are ahead of Real Betis in the race to sign the winger.

Friday’s edition of AS talks about Manchester City interest in the 23-year-old, when explaining the La Liga side’s plans for him.

It’s claimed Los Rojiblancos received ‘proposals of all kinds’ for the Spaniard, who has been clear that he wants to leave on a permanent deal, if he’s not included in Diego Simeone’s plans.

Manchester City interest is mentioned but the report doesn’t specify if they made an offer for him.

AS state Atlético’s valuation [no figure mentioned] is capable of scaring away clubs but it has ‘not stopped’ the Premier League winners from following the player.

The report also adds Pep Guardiola is ‘not a bad talent detector’ as the manager seems to be driving his side’s pursuit of the attacker.

Manchester City would find it difficult to sign Riquelme this summer after Simeone decided to include him in his plans.

AS state the manager wants to retain Riquelme at ‘at all costs’ after he impressed in preseason.