Rui Patricio was at the centre of one of the summer’s oddest transfer sagas.
The Portuguese goalkeeper, like a number of his Sporting Lisbon teammates, left the Estadio Jose Alvalade on a free transfer after terminating his contract on the back of that shocking attack by a masked group at the club’s training ground.
Patricio eventually joined Wolverhampton Wanderers on a free transfer. Sporting, however, have been looking for compensation and want Wolves to pay a fee for Portugal’s number one.
A Bola now reports that an end is in sight. And Wolves are expected to pay around £18 million to ensure that this whole Patricio situation is dealt with.
Patricio will no longer be counted as one of the most incredible free-transfer coups in recent memory. But, in truth, even £18 million is a bargain for one of the world’s most impressive goalkeepers.
Patricio has earned 75 caps for Portugal and won Euro 2016 with his country. And, since moving to Molineux, the 30-year-old has proved his class with some truly outstanding saves.
When you consider that Chelsea and Liverpool paid in the region of £70 and £60 million this summer for Kepa and Alisson Becker respectively, £18 million for Patricio seems like a drop in the ocean.
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