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Wolves struck gold with Jose Sa transfer deal

Wolves had a rather busy summer transfer window behind the scenes after Bruno Lage was appointed as Nuno Espirito Santo’s replacement as the new manager at Molineux.

In addition to that, a significant number of players left the Midlands club on permanent and loan deals, while a number of new faces also came in on loan and permanent deals.

One big change over the summer saw goalkeeper Rui Patricio call time on his period with the Old Gold after racking up a total of 127 appearances in a Wolves shirt across all competitions before joining Italian club AS Roma.

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As a replacement for the 34-year-old, Lage’s side secured the signature of another Portuguese shot-stopper in the shape of Jose Sa who joined from Greek club Olympiacos in a deal worth a reported fee of around £6.25m.

Despite not even completing his debut season in England, the 29-year-old has already looked to have been a clever piece of business from Fosun.

Having played in all 26 of Wolves’ league games so far this term, the £12.5m-rated goalkeeper has managed to keep nine clean sheets and conceded only 21 goals, making him a very useful asset for Lage in his first campaign in charge.

The summer recruit has also made a total of 88 saves so far throughout 2021/22, leaving only Leeds United’s Illan Meslier (95) and Manchester United’s David De Gea (94) having made more, showing how vital the Wolves shot-stopper has been to his side’s impressive defensive record.

As well as this, Sa, who has been praised by former Old Gold goalkeeper Matt Murray for being “dominant” in games, has the highest save percentage of any Premier League goalkeeper with 83.7%, arguably making him the best performing ‘keeper in the division.

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This shows why Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville labelled him as the best signing of the previous summer transfer window earlier and said that he has had a “massive impact” on the team since his arrival.

With all of this in mind, it’s safe to say that Fosun struck gold with their move to bring the 29-year-old to Molineux as Patricio’s replacement, especially for the fairly low price that they paid for him.

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