Manchester City will have a second opportunity to use their €14million (£12.4million) buy-back clause on Argentine goalkeeper Gerónimo Rulli in the summer.
The 25-year-old, who was previously owned by Manchester City in a very complex situation, plays for Real Sociedad in La Liga and Mundo Deportivo reports that the Basque club are open to selling him before next season.
He’s tipped among betting sites to sign for City and Rulli could potentially replace Claudio Bravo as Ederson’s number two or be bought and, for the second time, sold for profit. Though he has a release clause of €40million, he is valued at around €20million and by investing €14million in him, City could most likely profit from a quick sale.
The dilemma for City is that Rulli, one of La Liga’s most highly thought of young goalkeepers, has been in poor form this season, potentially affecting the interest levels in him. Napoli were known to view him as a long-term replacement for Pepe Reina, but are now also considering Liverpool’s Simon Mignolet.
Rulli’s father Omar confirmed last June that City had tried to buy the shot-stopper to be the “FA Cup goalkeeper”, but because it is a World Cup year, the player didn’t want to jeopardise his chances of representing Argentina in Russia and said no.
There will be no such concern next season should City make the same offer, which could potentially see Rulli replace Bravo as a younger number two option at the Etihad. Or, as mentioned, Blues bosses could make another of their shrewd buy-to-profit investments and quickly sell him on.
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