Bruno Lage has only been in charge of Wolverhampton Wanderers for a matter of hours but he’s already begun work on his first signing at Molineux.
With a number of players potentially heading for the exit door, he’s had to move swiftly in order to identify replacements.
Taking to Twitter in the aftermath of Lage’s arrival, renowned reporter Fabrizio Romano confirmed that Wolves were in talks to sign Jose Sa.
The Old Gold are in danger of losing Rui Patricio to Roma and are trying to land the Olympiacos goalkeeper as his replacement.
Sa is rated at just £6.7m by Transfermarkt so could be a bargain for Wolves in the transfer market.
Lage may be forced to spend smaller fees in the window this summer due to a lack of finances at Molineux.
This move would tick all of the boxes if you’re Fosun and Jeff Shi.
Sa is Portuguese, a client of Jorge Mendes and is one of the most underrated goalkeepers in Europe.
The 28-year-old initially caught the eye of Wolves all the way back in 2019 after a string of impressive performances in the Champions League.
Olympiacos lost 2-0 to Bayern Munich but it would have been a lot worse if it wasn’t for Sa who produced a mind-boggling nine saves. It was a performance that earned congratulations from a certain Manuel Neuer, who was quick to applaud his opposite number.
Sa is still playing in the Greek league and his numbers this term are actually more impressive than Patricio’s.
His displays caught the eye in Europe again, producing a save success rate of 77.4% in the group stages of the Champions League.
Once more, this statistic usurps Patricio who saved 68.6% of his shots in the English top-flight.
Standing at a colossal height of 6 foot 4, Sa also has a bigger reach than the 33-year-old Wolves stalwart.
Portugal’s number 1 stands an inch shorter which could make all the difference when saving shots heading for the corner or when coming out to claim crosses and set plays.
With Wolves lacking financial muscle this summer, getting the Olympiacos star would be a smart piece of business.