Report: Liverpool can sign Rui Patricio for €10m, despite €40m release clause

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Sporting Lisbon are expected to accept a big cut in asking price for the Portuguese international.

Liverpool were linked with a move for Sporting Lisbon goalkeeper Rui Patricio this week. The news was reported by A Bola, as seconded by the Express, that Liverpool were keen on bringing in the Portuguese international.

The news came as a surprise considering the recent form of Simon Mignolet. The Belgian had struggled for form for much of the current season, but since the turn of the year he has been in great nick.

Portuguese source O Jogo recently reported that Patricio has a fairly whopping, but typically Sporting Lisbon, release clause in the region of €40 million. That seemingly ruled out any approach for thje player.

But the same source is now suggesting Sporting will settle for a fee vastly inferior to his clause. O Jogo is reporting today that Sporting Lisbon will accept a deal of €10 million for the Portuguese international.

That is not a fee Liverpool should ignore, considering the genuine competition he could give Mignolet.

The report also throws up another intriguing fact, with Sporting Lisbon only owning 65% of his registration rights. Manchester United discovered how this co-ownership can be of a benefit, when they snapped up Marcos Rojo from Sporting last summer.

It seems that the move for Patricio might indeed still be on.

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