Manchester City failed in an attempt to re-sign goalkeeper Gerónimo Rulli before deciding to approach Benfica for Ederson Moraes, according to Mundo Deportivo.
Manchester City were said to have retained 30% of Rulli’s rights and and included a buy-back clause, fixed at €14 million (£12.1 million), that can be activated in the summer of 2018. And the claim from Mundo Deportivo is that they had the idea to trigger the clause when Pep Guardiola decided a new goalkeeper was needed ahead of next season.
However, the Argentine is ‘obsessed’ with playing for La Albiceleste at the 2018 World Cup, so the idea of rotating with Claudio Bravo didn’t appeal to him and he said ‘no’ to City. This came months after he controversially stated that he would join City ‘tomorrow’ and ‘dreamed’ of playing for Pep Guardiola.
Rulli’s views seem to have change as like so many Argentines, he has a love affair with the national team and making Jorge Sampaoli’s World Cup squad is now his priority. At Real Sociedad, he knows he will be the weekly starter, while at City he would have faced competition in the form of veteran Claudio Bravo.
City are instead moving for Ederson Moraes, one of the most highly-rated young goalkeepers in world football, and he is expected to be announced today once some third-party issues are dealt with.
Perhaps in future, when the World Cup is over, City will try again to bring Gerónimo Rulli to the Etihad as a replacement for Claudio Bravo, but for now he will continue to ply his trade at the Anoeta.