Wolves have agreed a deal to bring Olympiacos goalkeeper Jose Sa to the Premier League as Rui Patricio’s successor, as reported by Sportime.
With a 6ft-something Portuguese goalkeeper closing in on a move to Italian giants Roma, it looks for all the world as though Wolverhampton Wanderers will replace the want-away Patricio with, well, another 6ft-something Portuguese goalkeeper.
Jose Sa, at 28, is five years younger than the 2016 European Championship winner. He’s 2cm taller as well.
And, in theory, Sa should have few problems adapting to life in an Iberian-influenced dressing room, especially after the club continued their Portuguese traditions by bringing in former Benfica manager Bruno Lage last week.
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The towering Sa looks like a goalkeeper who would be perfectly suited to the rigours of Premier League football too.
Standing at 6ft 4in, the two-time Super League champion is a powerful presence between the sticks, someone who loves to command his penalty area and lead by example.
The fact Sa is also represented by super-agent Jorge Mendes – who else? – should make striking a deal with Olympiacos that little bit easier too.
There’s a £13 million release clause in the shot-stopper’s contract but, according to Sportime, Wolves could tie up a deal for as little as £9 million.
Some sources are claiming an agreement has been reached already too, with Olympiacos identifying AC Omonia’s Fabiano as a replacement at the Karaiskakis Stadium.
Interestingly, Wolves are also reported to be in talks with another Jorge Mendes client, the £22 million-rated Almeria midfielder Samu Costa.
According to reports in Portugal, however, Sporting Lisbon’s Joao Palhinha is the number one target for a club looking to add a disciplined, dynamic, ball-winning number six to Lage’s squad.