Man City seal complicated transfer, player may not play for them until 2017

Manchester City have completed the signing of Argentine goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli and are attempting to send him out on loan to Real Sociedad for the 2016/17 season, according to reports from The Sun.

The 24-year-old stopper has been a target for manager Pep Guardiola since his arrival at the Etihad Stadium, with the Spaniard understood to have contacted the stopper in a bid to persuade him to relocate to the north west of England.

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And it seems that he has got his wish, with a £12m deal having been struck for the glovesman, whose ownership status has been shrouded in mystery for some time.

Registered to Deportivo Maldonado, a second tier Uruguayan team, his rights have been owned by third party investors, a state of affairs forbidden by the Premier League and often associated with difficult transfer dealings.

Rulli has spent the last two seasons on loan in Spain with Real Sociedad, and reports claim that Man City are trying to send him to San Sebastian once again.

This means he’s unlikely to play in Manchester until at least 2017, hinting that Willy Caballero may stay put to challenge Joe Hart for the No.1 slot.

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