Reports in Spain today suggest Newcastle United could sign Argentine international goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli in January. El Gol Digital suggest he has been offered to Newcastle with Rafa Benitez a fan of the player. TEAMtalk are suggesting a fee of £6.6 million might be enough to secure his services.
This news should put Leeds United on alert.
The reasons why are clear. Leeds need a new goalkeeper. Marcelo Bielsa is hopeful of securing a stopper who is as good with his feet as he is with his hands. Rulli certainly fits that bill and, as a countryman, Bielsa will know all about the Argentine.
Then there are the Pep Guardiola links.
Manchester City signed Rulli from Deportivo Maldonado in 2016. He was swiftly loaned back to previous club Real Sociedad, where he had spent time on loan for two seasons.
Manchester City eventually sold him to the Spanish side, but retained a buy-back clause in his deal, as reported by Mundo Deportivo.
Guardiola is said to be a big fan of the player because of his ability on the ground. Considering the close relationship with Bielsa, this could work to Leeds’ advantage.
Rulli admitted in the summer that Guardiola has wanted him back at City, as reported by Sport Witness, and perhaps he could finally become a City player, with Leeds benefitting in a loan deal.
If not, then Leeds should certainly consider paying up the £6.6 million themselves for a Guardiola-backed keeper.