Argentine giants River Plate have reached an agreement with Hellas Verona and Manchester City over a transfer fee to sign Bruno Zuculini, TyC Sports reports.
News surfaced several days ago that the 24-year-old was poised to return to Argentina after a disappointing stay in Europe, but Manchester City’s ‘stake’ in the player was threatening the deal.
The Argentine press claimed City own a 40 per cent share in the player, which would seem to break shared ownership rules in football. In fact, it appears that City are simply entitled to a cut of his transfer fee, most likely negotiated in exchange for letting Zuculini join Hellas for little to no cost in the summer.
And it is now reported that the former Argentine youth international is joining River Plate after an agreement was reached, with River set to hand over a €3.5million transfer fee. Of that, City will pocket €1.25million (£1.1million) with the rest going to Hellas, who have made a handsome profit having signed the midfielder only half a season ago.
Zuculini will become Marcelo Gallardo’s fourth recruit at River Plate after the captures of Franco Armani, Lucas Pratto and Juan Fernando Quintero.
The former Racing Club player joined City in 2014 and was dubbed by some as the best young defensive midfielder in Argentina, winning comparisons to Javier Mascherano, but loan spells at Valencia, Córdoba, Middlesbrough, AEK Athens and Rayo Vallecano were disappointing.
Zuculini finally found his footing at Hellas in Italy, helping them win promotion to Serie A last season, before he moved permanently there last summer. Now he is set to go in full circle by completing a return to Argentina in the coming days.
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