We don’t want to spoil the excitement of Wolverhampton Wanderers fans who are delighted to have Rui Patrício at the club, but we must recall that this transfer still must be paid for in some way.
Even though Rui Patrício signed for the Premier League side as a free agent, Sporting are still fighting to get a fee for him. And considering the Lions are being successful in some of the processes, it should be no different with the goalkeeper.
Newspaper A Bola has a story today explaining all the efforts that the new club president Sousa Cintra has been making around players who rescinded their contracts with the club this summer. Some like Bruno Fernandes signed a new deal, while William Carvalho was sold for a decent fee.
Now there’s interesting information regarding Patrício, who is considered the ‘bad case’. A Bola says that after he signed for Wolves, the English side offered Sporting a €18m fee, which was turned down by the Portuguese club.
Sporting reportedly consider Patrício to be worth more than that, and that’s why they’ve filed a legal action asking FIFA to interfere in the case. They request a two window transfer ban for Wolves, a six month playing ban for the goalkeeper, plus a payment of €54.7m for the transfer.
With Cintra being called a ‘ruthless negotiator’ by A Bola, let’s see how far he and Wolves can go in this battle.
Wolves and Sporting reportedly agreed an €18m deal before the contract recision so it’s curious they now feel they can ask for more.