Wolverhampton Wanderers pulled off an absolute coup earlier this summer, by securing the services of Rui Patricio. The Portugal international stopper joined in one of the more controversial transfers of the summer so far.
The 30-year-old ended his lengthy association with Sporting Lisbon this summer. He cancelled his contract, along with several other players, after being threatened by fans at the training complex.
Wolves were already keen on the player and swiftly swooped.
Sporting are now looking to get some money back on the deal. As reported by the BBC, they want £50 million in compensation for the player.
So the question is, is he worth that much?
The answer is, effectively, quite simple. Would Wolves have paid that much for him? The answer is probably no.
Patricio is an excellent stopper and for some is probably among the 10-15 best keepers in the world.
But he has never played away from Sporting and, as always with one club men, there is the danger he will not thrive elsewhere.
Undoubtedly he would have been an expensive acquisition and Wolves will hope nothing comes of this, as they have nabbed a bargain.
But £50 million? That seems a tad ambitious from the Portuguese side.
Wolves outcast Joe Mason must find a new team before the end of the month
The Wolves striker is back at the club after having a loan deal in the USA cancelled.
Wolverhampton Wanderers were always going to have to leave some players behind after promotion to the Premier League. Some came as a surprise, such as star left-back Barry Douglas. Others, less so. In that latter category is where Joe Mason lands.
Wolves signed Mason from Cardiff City in January 2016. He had an immediate impact at Molineux. The Irishman scored against former loan club Bolton Wanderers three minutes into his debut appearance.
But the goals soon dried up.
With Wolves signing a plethora of attacking talent Mason soon found himself out of favour at Molineux.
Last season, he had a spell on loan at Burton Albion before agreeing a move to MLS side Colorado Rapids. That deal was cut short in July, despite Mason still having several months left on the deal, after he managed just three goals in 14 games.
His chances at Wolves have hardly got any better over the summer. The permanent signature of Leo Bonatini and Raul Jimenez’s arrival mean Mason has hardly any chance of breaking into the Wolves first-team in the Premier League.
However, the player must try and force a move. Teams in the Championship or even League One would be very pleased to have a player of Mason’s quality at their service.
Mason must ensure he makes his way out of Wolves this month, or spend a season on the sidelines watching on.
Wolves right to reject £17.9m Stefano Sturaro deal
The newly-promoted side decided they did not want to sign the Italian this summer.
Wolverhampton Wanderers have done some exceptional transfer business this summer. The arrival of players such as Adama Traore, Raul Jimenez and Joao Moutinho can only be applauded.
It also seems that Wolves could have signed an Italian international this summer. Stefano Sturaro was linked with a host of moves this summer, including to the Premier League. Sick of warming the bench at Juventus, he could have been a Wolves player.
According to Record, he was offered to Wolves in a €20 million (£17.9 million) deal this summer. Wolves, however, decided they did not want to spend that much on the 25-year-old and decided not to pursue a deal.
Sturaro is now on his way to Sporting Lisbon on loan and Wolves fans should not be overly disappointed.
Because, whilst Sturaro is a good player, Wolves do not need him in the heart of their midfield. Wolves’ transfer business this summer has seen them snap up Moutinho and Leander Dendoncker. The overall fee for the pair of the players comes in at less than it would have cost to sign Sturaro, with Moutinho costing £5 million and Dendoncker £12 million if his loan is a success.
Sturaro has less experience than both players, despite the Belgian being two years younger, and would have been a costly extravagance Wolves simply do not need.
With Financial Fair Play rules always ready to pinch an ambitious spending club these days, leaving Sturaro behind was the wise move from the newly promoted side.
World Cup shackling shows where Leander Dendoncker should play for Wolves
The Belgian put in a brilliant performance at the World Cup and is now at Wolves.
Wolves continued their impressive pre-season transfer business on deadline day, adding Belgian international Leander Dendoncker to the fold.
The 23-year-old arrives on a season-long loan move, which could become permanent next summer. The fee involved is reportedly in the £12 million region.
It looks an excellent deal, with the former Anderlecht player hotly tipped for success over the past few seasons.
He has played the majority of his games for Anderlecht at holding midfield. However, could he be set for a different role at Wolves?
Dendoncker is extremely versatile and has also played at centre-back in the past. Indeed, that is where he played for Belgium against England at the World Cup.
He played in the final group game between the two sides, as Belgium picked up a 1-0 win. Dendoncker played on the right of a back three and put in a fantastic performance.
He had Marcus Rashford shackled for most of the game and his composure on the ball was a major asset for the Red Devils.
Wolves look likely to line up with a back-three again this season and Dendoncker could slot in perfectly in the same position at Molineux.
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