For a player who has never worn a Manchester City shirt, the name of Gerónimo Rulli has popped up a lot in recent transfer windows, and the Argentine goalkeeper’s name is again being associated with the Blues today.
To recap: City signed Rulli from Uruguayan club Deportivo Maldonado for around £4million two years ago, then loaned him immediately to Real Sociedad in La Liga, who had an obligation to buy Rulli for €7million in January 2017.
Real Sociedad bought Rulli at the beginning of 2017, with City never announcing that they had signed or sold the Argentine goalkeeper. However, the sale was loaded with clauses, including the option to buy him back for €14million until 2018, after which his price would rise.
That means City could exercise their buy-back clause on the Sociedad goalkeeper until 30 June – two weeks from now. Recent signals have been that will pass on their option after the 26-year-old had a disappointing season at the Anoeta Stadium.
However, it is claimed by Mundo Deportivo today that another Premier League club, Newcastle United, are very interested in signing Rulli. Real Sociedad are currently negotiating with Newcastle for young midfielder Mikel Merino, and are optimistic of signing him.
Rulli’s name popped up in talks with Newcastle chiefs telling Sociedad bosses that they are interested in bringing him to the Premier League. This could give City reason to think twice and consider re-signing Rulli and then selling him on for profit.
Even if City do pass on their latest option to buy Rulli, previous reports have claimed that they have a 30% sell-on clause, and if true, they would be in line to earn a chunk of his next transfer fee.
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