LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: Jack Rodwell of Everton in action during the Pre-season Friendly match between Everton and AEK Athens at Goodison Park on August 8, 2012 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)
Wow. Woke up to this news ahead of today's match and did not see this one coming. According to Everton's website, City have had an undisclosed offer accepted for the 21-year-old defensive midfielder. ESPN Soccernet speculates that the fee is in the region of £15 mil. Rodwell is set for a medical at Eastlands later today.
Rodwell has long been considered one of England's brightest young players, and this could be a good signing for now and the future. With Daniele De Rossi proving difficult to pry away from Roma, Mancini appears to have found another suitable player to fill this role.
Thoughts? Where might this leave De Jong?
UPDATE: The fee has been confirmed at just £12 mil, with the possibility of rising to £17 mil.