Things have been pretty quiet since Sporting filed a complaint to FIFA demanding Wolverhampton Wanderers to pay €54m for Rui Patrício’s transfer.
The transfer happened during a very complicated time at Sporting. The goalkeeper rescinded his contract for not feeling safe at the club (after an attack at the training ground), and soon after that, a temporary board took charge of the Lions.
It was this temporary board that filed the complaint, but now that the club have a new president, this process is set to reopen.
Newspaper Record brings a story this Monday saying that president Frederico Varandas has the ‘open path’ to find a new agreement for the players who rescinded their contracts.
Especially in Rui Patrício’s case, the newspaper mentions the former Newcastle player Hugo Viana as a key man. He’s part of Varanda’s board, and his experience in England plus his relationship with Jorge Mendes could help Sporting to find a deal for the goalkeeper.
Back when Wolves signed Patrício, it was claimed that the club was keen on paying around €18m for him. With Sporting demanding €54m at first, let’s see what figure the clubs can come up with during negotiation.