Just when it seemed over for another season, Gerónimo Rulli’s association with Manchester City has surfaced again – and his former club, who never even announced they had bought or sold him, could be about to profit nicely from the 25-year-old goalkeeper.
Italian club Napoli have reignited their interest in Rulli after trying to broker a deal earlier this summer where City would have bought him, then sent him to Napoli, allowing them to get the player for below his high release clause.
City’s option, which is open for a period of time every year until 2018, finally expired and the book seemed to be closed.
However, Gianluca Di Marzio of Sky Italia now reports that Napoli want Rulli again and this time are dealing directly with his club, Real Sociedad, for a player who will initially serve as a back-up for Pepe Reina – the goalkeeper who was strongly linked with a move to City recently before Pep Guardiola put that rumour to bed.
Napoli have offered €20million for Rulli and the good news for City is that they will be entitled to a percentage of this sale. It isn’t specified by Di Marzio how much, but reports last year in Spain suggested that City have a 30% stake in the player – not third-party ownership, which is now banned from football, so quite likely a sell-on clause. That claim (Sociedad 70%/City 30%) was reiterated again by Mundo Deportivo today.
If they do have a 30% sell-on clause, that would entitle Manchester City to a cool €6million, which would be welcome income after the heavy spending that has taking place at the Etihad this summer. Even if the percentage is only 10%, that would still add €2million to City’s coffers if the reported €20million fee is true.