Rulli set to reject Real Sociedad return in favour of Valencia move

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The 23-year-old goalkeeper reportedly prefers the option of joining Valencia, rather than another season with Real Sociedad.

David Moyes faces a potential goalkeeping dilemma at Real Sociedad, with news that young Argentine goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli could be heading to Valencia instead, according to a report by Super Deporte.

Just before the end of the 2014-15 season, the talented 23-year-old stopper provisionally agreed to extend his loan at Anoeta, for another season with the Basque club.

However, Super Deporte now claim Rulli has a verbal agreement to join Valencia instead, for the 2015-16 season, believing the prior loan agreement with Real Sociedad, can and will be broken.

The situation of the player is a complicated one, to say the least. On paper, Rulli is contracted to Uruguayan side, Deportivo Maldonado, although his rights are apparently owned by an investment group, which is fronted by English businessmen.

Bloomberg Business explored the activities of the Uruguayan club, and those involved in the movement of associated players, in an investigative report published in 2014. Ultimately, it is believed this investment group will have the final say, on where the player moves.

Rulli was unfortunately injured in his first European appearance with Real Sociedad, shortly after joining the club last season. Once recovered though, he made 22 appearances in La Liga and three in the Copa del Rey, demonstrating impressive form.

Valencia are keen to secure a quality replacement for injured Diego Alves, who isn't expected to make his return to action until the start of 2016, and after being linked with a number of options, Rulli is now the favoured goalkeeping target.

As such, it is believed Valencia now have an agreement in principal with the player, along with his third-party rights holders, to complete a move to the Mestalla.

Clearly, this will leave Moyes needing to add a goalkeeper to his summer shopping list, as he attempts to strengthen the Real Sociedad squad significantly. Thus far, this task is proving to be both difficult and frustrating.

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