Rui Patricio has joined Wolverhampton Wanderers from Sporting CP
Wolves latest import to the club is Portuguese international stopper Rui Patricio. This follows the news that Wanderers have also brought in Porto’s Willy Boly for £10m, and Mexican forward Raul Jimenez.
At thirty years of age, Patricio is in his prime, and is a keeper with a history of winning, having won the European Championships with Portugal in 2016.
This signing shows the power of Jorge Mendes as the most influential ‘super agent’ in the world. Wolverhampton Wanderers stunned many when they brought in Helder Costa last season, but Mendes has shown with this capture he has the power to bring big names to the club with relative ease.
Having represented the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani, Mendes has brokered some of the biggest deals in world football. Wolves owners, Fosun International, decision to bring in Mendes as an agent in many ways looks a more important appointment than manager Nuno Espirito Santo, given the power Mendes has to bring players into the club, even when they were a second tier side.
Wolves are getting a quality, experienced keeper in his prime with Rui Patricio, who will be among the best goalkeepers in the Premier league. What this transfer sheds light on more than anything forever, is that the era of the super agent is firmly underway.
How many other clubs will follow the ‘Wolves model’ of employing a super agent as a figurehead, is still yet to be seen.