Argentine goalkeeper Gerónimo Rulli is set to become Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola’s latest summer signing, the Guardian have confirmed this evening.
The highly-rated young player will complete a £4m move to the Premier League side in the coming days, before immediately being loaned out to Real Sociedad for the season.
Rulli has already spent the last two years in Spain, having been loaned to La Real from Uruguayan outfit Deportivo Maldonado (who themselves only purchased him from Estudiantes that same summer), and Guardiola is happy to let him continue his development in San Sebastián rather than immediately try to challenge Joe Hart for the number one spot.
Despite reports that Guardiola would look to replace Hart with one of the Barcelona pair Claudio Bravo and Marc-André ter Stegen, the Guardian report alleges that the new Manchester City boss is happy for Hart to continue as the first choice goalkeeper for the time being.
In the meantime, Rulli will represent Argentina in the Olympic Games next month. The 24-year-old is yet to represent his country at senior level – though he did earn a call-up in March 2015 – but he has been named as one of their three designated over-23 players in the 18-man squad for the games in Rio.
Rulli was Real Sociedad’s first-choice goalkeeper last season, and is likely to maintain that role for the upcoming campaign before arriving at Manchester City in a full-time capacity for the 2017/18 season.