Wolverhampton Wanderers and Roma are close to reaching an agreement for the transfer of Rui Patricio, reports Fabrizio Romano. The Portuguese goalkeeper has been with Wolves since their promotion to the Premier League in 2018 but is now set to move on for a fee of around €10 million with a further €3 million in add-ons.
Rui Patricio Close to Roma Move
A Standout Performer
Patricio has been a standout player for Wolves in his three seasons at the club, starring in both the Premier League and Europa League and barely giving back-up keepers John Ruddy and Will Norris, until his move to Burnley, a look-in.
However, after a difficult third season back in the top-flight for Wolves, thus meaning no European football next season, Patricio has taken the decision to move on and join up with Jose Mourinho at Roma, who will be competing in the new Europa Conference League.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s decision to leave the club at the end of the season may also have been a factor in Patricio’s desire to move on.
This deal appears to have been rumbling on for a while now but the latest suggestion is that the two clubs are close to an agreement, having always been confident that the deal would get done after personal terms were agreed last month.
AS Roma are set to sign Rui Patricio, agreement now close after official bid to Wolves around €10m + €3m add ons. 🐺
There’s nothing with Marcelo as Spinazzola replacement – fake news, he’s staying at Real Madrid.
Ramy Bensebaini is among the targets, as per @DiMarzio.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 5, 2021
Who Could Wolves Bring In?
Olympiacos goalkeeper Jose Sa, another Portuguese player, has been touted as the likely replacement for Patricio at Wolves. Romano reported at the end of last month that Wolves were in advanced talks with the Greek club over a move for the 28-year-old.
Sa has been at Olympiacos since 2019 having previously played in his home country for Maritimo and Porto.
While he is yet to play for the senior Portuguese national team, he has played at youth level in the U20s, U21s and U23s.