Wolves have been linked with a move for Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio this week, with the Sporting Lisbon man finally set to leave the club. But the move has been mired in controversy. Wolves had a €18 million (£15.7 million) deal accepted for the player but, as reported by the Mirror, the deal appears to have fallen through over agent Jorge Mendes’ involvement.
The deal is now in turmoil and the goalkeeper has sensationally resigned from his contract at the club. Wolves are obviously still hopeful of pushing a deal through, but surely another Premier League team should think about hijacking the Premier League newbies.
That team is Liverpool.
Jurgen Klopp’s side desperately needs a new stopper. That fact became painfully evident after the Champions League final, in which Loris Karius inexplicably conceded two woeful goals.
It is surely the final straw and Liverpool must realise they need an experienced safe pair of hands between the sticks.
Patricio is exactly that. The Euro 2016 winner has been one of the most consistent goalkeepers in Europe for the past 10 years and has built himself a legendary status in the Portuguese capital.
Now, the situation has clearly turned sour, and Liverpool should be taking advantage.
At a price-tag of £15.7 million Patricio is an absolute steal. Sporting will be more than happy to sell him to Anfield, as it will avoid letting Wolves get their hands on the player. Napoli are also keen on a player who has constantly rejected the chance to leave his boyhood club until now.
Liverpool have been keen before. Back in the summer of 2015, it was suggested that Liverpool wanted the player, as reported by O Jogo.
So he is no stranger to the Liverpool hierarchy and would bring a level of competence to the Anfield goal that has not been seen since Pepe Reina was on Merseyside.
If Patricio’s deal to Wolves lags, Liverpool would be mad not to bring in a bargain solution to their goalkeeping problem.