Rui Patricio would give Wolves assurance and experience, but a deal isn’t looking easy

According to the Express and Star, Wolves are set to make a fresh bid for Sporting Lisbon’s goalkeeper Rui Patricio.

What’s the story?

Wolves’ interest in Patricio looks set to be one of the ongoing transfer feuds of the summer, with many claims and counter-claims coming from the player’s agency, headed up by Jorge Mendes, and Sporting Lisbon.

It was first reported back in May that Wolves were preparing to make a £30million bid for the Portuguese ‘keeper, but this fee fell over the following weeks to a proposed deal of £15.75million, according to Mendes’ agency Gestifute (translated by Goal.com).

This is where things get tricky.

Patricio had a medical at Wolves but then the deal fell through after Sporting reportedly raised the asking price by £1.75million, but the club claims the agency are at fault for claiming £6million for handling the transfer.

Sporting Lisbon released a statement on Facebook asking for “no more lies or manipulations”, to which Gestifute offered a strong denial.

Patricio has since handed in his resignation to the club but everything remains up in the air.

However, the Express and Star have now reported that a fresh bid from Wolves could be on the horizon which would satisfy all parties and clear up the mess.

Is he worth the fuss?

With so many accusations being banded about, it is easy to forget that a top quality goalkeeper could be on the verge of joining Wolves.

Patricio has played for Sporting for his entire career, amassing 467 appearances in all competitions, along with 68 caps for Portugal, playing a major hand in his country’s Euro 2016 victory.

Although John Ruddy had a stellar campaign for Wolves last season, Patricio offers a wealth of experience and assurance between the sticks that could really benefit the club in the coming season.

At 30, Patricio has plenty of years left and could be a valuable addition to the first team.

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