Rui Patricio has agreed a three-year, £40,000-a-week contract at Roma but the Premier League veteran could still stay at Wolverhampton Wanderers, according to Il Romanista.
If reports are to be believed, a Roma side now coached by Jose Mourinho had hoped to seal a deal for Patricio before the European Championships kicked off some ten days ago.
As you might have guessed, those best-laid plans now lie in ruins.
Patricio is still a Wolves player and, although the Portugal international has agreed personal terms with the Serie A giants, it seems there are still a number of obstacles standing in the way of his prospective move to the Italian capital.
Is Roma target Rui Patricio now set to stay at Wolves?
The biggest of those being the fact that Roma have failed to meet Wolves’ £10 million asking price.
The Giallorossi are unwilling to pay over £6 million for a 33-year-old shot-stopper with just 12 months left on his contract – perhaps understandably so – and are now considering alternative options, including one-time Aston Villa man Pierluigi Gollini.
Patricio had been willing to take a sizeable pay cut on his current £100,000-a-week deal at the Stadio Olimpico but, unless Roma can raise their bid, the former Sporting Lisbon captain faces being stuck at Molineux for another season.
It almost goes without saying that, with Patricio’s future now looking increasingly uncertain, Wolves’ pursuit of Jose Sa has hit the buffers too.
Reports coming out of Greece last week claimed that the Black Country club had agreed a deal to make the £9 million-rated goalkeeper their new number one.
There may still be a need for Sa at Molineux with John Ruddy expected to depart too, but, for now, all that is up in the air.