The free transfer of Portuguese international goalkeeper Rui Patricio to Wolves has hit controversy after Sporting demanded that the newly-promoted outfit pay out his release clause, according to the print version of Portuguese newspaper A Bola, as reported by Sport Witness.
Having represented his country at this summer’s World Cup in Russia, Patricio cancelled his contract with Sporting in order to push through his transfer to Molineux, according to the report.
Several Sporting players have cancelled their contract, but the report claims that Patricio is the only one who has signed for another club.
Sporting are not happy and have reportedly demanded that Wolves pay Patricio’s release clause in full, which is the value of 45m euros (£39.8m)
Patricio is still free to play for Wolves in their opening game of the season but the dispute between Gestifute and Sporting looks set to rumble on and on all summer.
It is not an ideal way for a deal that looked like an incredible piece of business to rumble on, especially when they would like Patricio focused on the season ahead as soon as possible because his preparation time has already been delayed by the summer showpiece in Russia.