From Spain: Manchester City likely to pass on option to sign Argentine for €14m

Manchester City are again set to pass on their option to buy Real Sociedad goalkeeper Gerónimo Rulli in the summer after the Argentine’s poor season, Mundo Deportivo reports.

The Blues have an option to buy Rulli for several years, with his price-tag rising €2million each summer, and it would cost €14million (£12.3million) in the next transfer window to extract him from the Anoeta Stadium.

And though a year ago that would have seemed a bargain, the player’s poor form this season has seen his value plummet. Rulli was dropped by La Real coach Imanol Alguacil for Saturday’s Basque derby win over Athletic Bilbao, with veteran Miguel Ángel Moyà replacing him.

There were reports last year that City and Napoli could collaborate on a deal that would see the Premier League champions re-purchase Rulli then sell him to the Italians for a profit, saving Napoli money with Sociedad demanding €30million-plus at the time. However, Napoli are now likely to have moved on to other targets after observing Rulli’s form.

According to Mundo Deportivo, City could still sign Rulli in 2019, 2020 and 2021 for fees of €16million, €18million and €20million respectively, so if the Argentine stopper does regain form, the option is still there. For now though, it doesn’t look like Gerónimo Rulli will be returning to the Etihad Stadium.

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