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Looking at £65m and £71.6m deals highlights Wolves’ Rui Patricio coup

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Looking at £65m and £71.6m deals highlights Wolves’ Rui Patricio coup

Wolves snapped up the Portugal international after he left Sporting Lisbon.

One thing that has been made very clear this summer is the value clubs put on their goalkeepers. Liverpool and Chelsea have both spent extravagant amounts on the signatures of Alisson and Kepa Arrizabalaga respectively, with both looking like shrewd pieces of business.

But at reported fees of £65 million and £71.6 million respectively neither came cheap.

What it does highlight is the incredible bargain that Wolverhampton Wanderers managed to pull off with the arrival of Rui Patricio from Sporting Lisbon.

The Portugal international rescinded his contract in the summer after an attack by Sporting fans left him able to exercise a forced termination.

 

As reported by the BBC, Sporting want £50 million in compensation for the player. Based on his early performances for Wolves it is easy to see why.

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 16: Rui Patricio of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates after teammate Raul Jimenez scores their teams first goal during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Burnley FC at Molineux on September 16, 2018 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

The 30-year-old has been excellent for the club so far this season and is living up to the reputation he developed during his time with the Portugal national team.

Wolves may eventually have to pay a fee for the player, but it will surely not be the £50 million that his former club wants.

With plenty of years ahead of him, Wolves have snapped up a top-class goalkeeper at an absolute bargain in the current market.

Value for money? It might be the best deal in the Premier League this season.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Everton fan for my sins.

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