The on-again, off-again Gerónimo Rulli to Napoli saga is back on with the Italian club’s number one Pepe Reina wanted by French giants PSG.
Preparing for the potential departure of Reina, who was linked with a move to City earlier this summer, Napoli have reactivated their interest in Argentine shot-stopper Rulli by offering €24million to his club Real Sociedad, Gianluca Di Marzio of Sky Italia reports today.
Sociedad are holding out for €30million plus bonuses and while a deal is by no means certain, should it happen Manchester City would be in line for a pay-day bigger than most of their sales this summer.
As part of the strange deal that saw them sign Rulli, loan him out, then sell him to Real Sociedad without ever announcing or using him, City were said to have inserted not only a buy-back clause, valid until 2018, but a 30 per cent sell-on clause.
While there was no definite confirmation of this clause, it was widely reported in the Spanish press and would mean that should Napoli cough up €30million for the 25-year-old before the transfer window closes, the Blues would bank a €9million (£8.3million) profit.
If Rulli does remain at Real Sociedad, City will have one more chance to re-purchase him next summer for a fee of €14million (£12.9million), a very reasonable amount for one of La Liga’s best young goalkeepers.