Jose Mourinho’s Roma are more likely to sign Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Rui Patricio than Tottenham Hotspur veteran Hugo Lloris, as reported by Calciomercato.
The Portuguese tactician hasn’t taken his place in the Stadio Olimpico dugout yet but that hasn’t stopped his new employers being linked with a number of Mourinho’s former charges.
If reports are correct, Nemanja Matic, Eric Dier, Carlos Vinicius and more are all sitting on Roma’s summer wish-list.
And with Mourinho making it clear he wants a proven top-level shot-stopper, it felt like only a matter of time before World Cup-winner Lloris was linked with a move to the Italian capital too.
Lloris or Patricio for Roma?
Calciomercato, however, believes Roma may have to make do with another 30-something Premier League glovesman.
Portugal’s number one, Rui Patricio, is due to become a free agent in 2022.
And, after three years at Molineux, Corriere dello Sport believes the former Sporting Lisbon ace has no intention of signing a new contract.
Patricio is younger than his Riviera-born counterpart and, according to Calciomercato, cheaper too.
Tottenham ace Lloris ‘less accessible’ than Wolves’ Patricio
Lloris is viewed at Roma as the ‘much less accessible’ option, with Wolves expected to sell Patricio for a bargain fee in the region of £8 million.
At this stage, it isn’t certain who would replace Patricio at Wolves. John Ruddy, the only other senior goalkeeper in the squad, is out of contract in July, although he has been offered a new deal (Express & Star).