Complex Gerónimo Ruilli deal to Manchester City in doubt


Argentine goalkeeper, Gerónimo Ruilli’s potential deal to Manchester City, has hit a stumbling block in the past few days according to Spanish publication MARCA. The idea now is that Rulli will arrive at Real Sociedad for the €7m, but with a clause allowing Manchester City to purchase him for €14m.

Rulli is currently on loan at Real Sociedad from Uruguayan side Deportivo Maldonado – whom he is yet to register a single appearance for. Now, the Spanish-based newspaper state that Rulli is to join Real Sociedad on a deal until 30th June 2022. Sociedad will be paying €7million for 70% of his registration rights.

In England, club’s must own 100% of the registration rights and his 70% must be bought out by City along with the remaining 30% that would be owned by third-party investors. In 2014, City faced a similar process when signing Eliaquim Mangala from FC Porto.

The reason why City cannot sign the player direct from Maldonado doesn’t make much sense unless there was a contractual agreement between Sociedad and the Uruguayan second tier side that the Spanish club must purchase the goalkeeper following a loan move.

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