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Wolves newbie Rui Patricio is great, but not worth £50m

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Wolves newbie Rui Patricio is great, but not worth £50m

Wolverhampton Wanderers have an excellent goalkeeper who was signed under cloudy circumstances.

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.

(Photo credit should read KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

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