Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Rui Patricio is close to securing a summer move away from Molineux.
That’s according to a report by Corriere dello Sport (via Sport Witness), who claimed that Jose Mourinho’s AS Roma side are close to agreeing a deal of €6m (£5m) plus bonuses with Wolves for the transfer of the 33-year-old.
It is reported that the Premier League club began negotiations for Patricio by demanding a €12m (£10m) fee, which then dropped to €10m (£8.5m) before reportedly settling for half the figure they had originally wanted for the Portugal international.
Having only taken over at Wolves at the beginning of June, if the reports are indeed true that Lage is willing to allow Patricio to leave this summer, particularly for the fee mentioned by Corriere dello Sport, it seems that the former Benfica boss is already on his way to making a grave mistake at the club.
Having joined Wolves from Sporting Lisbon in a £16.2m deal back in 2018, the goalkeeper has been a near ever-present for the Premier League side, missing just two top-flight fixtures since his arrival in the Black Country.
Over these 112 Premier League fixtures, the £9m-rated stopper has kept a total of 31 clean sheets, as well as averaging a SofaScore match rating of 6.60 in 2018/19, 6.83 in 2019/20 and 6.76 in 2020/21 – ratings which prove just how solid the 33-year-old has been for the club since his arrival.
Furthermore, with only John Ruddy in the Wolves squad who could realistically replace the Portugal number one if he were he to leave Molineux this summer, Lage would more than likely have to bring in a new goalkeeper in the summer transfer window, and it seems unlikely that the 45-year-old could find a stopper as talented as Patricio for the £5m Wolves would receive from his sale.
As such, all of the above would lead us to believe that the sale of the man whom Steve Bull dubbed a “world-class” goalkeeper would be a huge mistake on the part of Lage, as the manager could well find the £100,000-per-week 33-year-old an extremely difficult player to replace.