There are no shortage of goalkeepers linked with a move to the Etihad this summer, even though City insist that there are no plans to bring in another after the signing of Gerónimo Rulli. Rulli’s signing, when confirmed, will have little effect on the first-team squad, with the 24-year-old due to go on loan, meaning Joe Hart and Willy Caballero would still be Pep Guardiola’s options this season.
Unless City are bluffing and are looking for a new ‘keeper. The sheer number of links this summer, plus various reports that Ter Stegen had previously agreed personal terms with City, suggests there is at least some interest in bringing in a new goalkeeper – perhaps one more suited to Guardiola’s style of play than Hart and Caballero, the latter of whom visibly struggled against Dortmund when asked to play the ball out.
Another goalkeeper linked today is Portugal hero Rui Patrício, who plays for Sporting Clube de Portugal in his homeland, and who has turned down several big moves abroad in the past.
According to A Bola, Pep Guardiola has genuine interest in the 28-year-old, whose heroics helped Portugal helped overcome Poland in a penalty shootout at Euro 2016, en route to winning the competition.
Sporting do not want to sell Patrício, but the newspaper reports that an offer in the region of €20 million (£16.9 million) would probably be enough to bring club chiefs to the table.
In the event that City do formalise their interest, Sporting already have Salvatore Sirigu and Benoit Costil lined up as candidates to replace Patrício.