Rui Patrício’s transfer saga is finally coming to an end, according to Portuguese newspaper A Bola on Tuesday.
The outlet reports today that Sporting and Wolverhampton Wanderers are close to finding a deal for the goalkeeper, and that should happen before the end of the week.
Wolves should be paying €20m for Patrício. Out of all the players who rescinded their contracts with Sporting last summer, he’s the second most expensive, as Atletico Madrid are expected to spend €30m on Gelson Martins.
It’s the new Sporting president Frederico Varandas who’s negotiating these deals. He had already confirmed the negotiations over the weekend, admitting that recovering this money wouldn’t be easy.
Rui Patrício left Sporting for free after the attacks at the Alcochete training centre at the end of the last season. At that time, Wolves and the Lions had reached an agreement to transfer him for €18m, but the deal collapsed due to late demands from former club president Bruno de Carvalho.
Now even though Sporting demanded €50m from Wolves in a complaint made to FIFA, it seems that just €20m will be enough to sort this case for good.