A week ago, we reported on the complicated deal taking place that will see 24-year-old Argentina goalkeeper Gerónimo Rulli join Manchester City.
The simplified version of the story is that City will buy Rulli from Deportivo Maldonado/his third-party owners, loan him to Real Sociedad with an obligation for them to buy next summer, while retaining a buy-back clause that City could trigger in the next couple of years. City would be allowed to buy him back for a fixed amount, but should they not take their option, would receive 30% of any fee that Sociedad receive for him.
Sound complicated? It is, and according to Mundo Deportivo today, the paperwork is still being done on the transfer, but the process ‘could conclude in the next few days’, making him a Manchester City player. Real Sociedad already have their documents ready to bring back Rulli for the new season, but must wait for City to do their part.
While he waits for his future to be resolved, Rulli is preparing for the Rio Olympics, where he will represent Argentina. Though he is uncapped for the senior team, there is a feeling that with his talent and potential, this could be the perfect springboard for him to enter the main La Albiceleste set-up.
It’s difficult to know if or when Gerónimo Rulli will play for Manchester City, if this deal goes down as reported, but a theory in Spain is that City will sign 33-year-old Claudio Bravo and replace him down the line with Rulli.
So what is all the fuss about? Here is Rulli in action against Barcelona last season: