Wolverhampton Wanderers look set to complete one of the signings of the summer, as they edge closer to securing a deal for Sporting Lisbon and Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio.
The 30-year-old shot stopper quit the Portuguese club last week, and the deadline has now passed for him to reverse his decision, meaning he will be available on a free transfer in the coming weeks.
And the Birmingham Mail reports that it is recently crowned Sky Bet Championship winners Wolves who are in pole position to secure his signature when he does leave the club that he has spent all of his career at.
Rui Patricio had originally asked to terminate his contract at Sporting Lisbon on grounds of “psychological and physical abuse.” According to the Birmingham Mail, the psychological abuse he refers to relates to his poor relationship with the club’s president Bruno de Carvalho, whilst the physical harm is in relation to the attack on the club’s players from fans who invaded the training ground towards the end of the season.
When reports first emerged linking Wolverhampton Wanderers with a move for Patricio, it had been suggested that the Black Country club were prepared to pay up to £30 million for the Portugal international.
It’s clear to see why when you look at his experience. Rui Patricio has played over 300 games for Sporting Lisbon after graduating through their youth academy. He has represented the club several times in both the Champions League and the Europe League.
And his experience doesn’t stop at club football. Patricio is a European Champion, having helped his native Portugal win the European Championships in France back in 2016. He has played a total 69 games for Portugal in his career.