River Plate have announced the signing of former Argentina under-20 midfielder Bruno Zuculini from Serie A side Hellas Verona in a deal that sees Manchester City make some money.
En compañía de @RodolfoDonofrio, Bruno Zuculini firmó el contrato que lo une al Club hasta junio de 2022.
— River Plate (@CARPoficial) January 30, 2018
As previously reported, City will receive a chunk of the transfer fee, with approximately €1.25million (£1.1million) going into the club’s coffers.
City offloaded Zuculini to Hellas in the summer following a successful loan spell, but though no fee was disclosed, it was speculated that he was handed over for free – but with a sell-on clause attached.
Zuculini becomes Marcelo Gallardo’s fourth recruit at River Plate after the signings of Franco Armani, Lucas Pratto and Juan Fernando Quintero. He joins the Argentine giants on a contract until 2022.
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 has gone in full circle by completing a return to Argentina.
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