Eyebrows are being raised here in the Football Transfer Tavern as it has been claimed in the Daily Star that Arsenal target Rui Patricio has been subject of an £8.5 million bid from an unknown Premier League club.
The bid for the Sporting Lisbon keeper was thought to be in the region of £8.5 million and was outright rejected by the Primeira Liga club. Sporting are known to be financially on the ropes at the moment and the club are believed to be willing to sell the player but for a much higher fee.
The keeper is only 25-years-old and is under a long contract at the Jose Alvalade until 2018 and will only be allowed to leave should his £34 million release clause be triggered. In a slightly bizarre move that has admittedly given the side some breathing space financially, the club have agreed a deal to sell star forward Ricky van Wolfswinkel to Norwich City in the summer despite the player being linked to a host of clubs shall we say higher up the Premier League food chain.
Arsenal of course are rumoured to be in the market for a keeper and are currently scouting around. Patricio has been a target of Arsene Wenger for a while now and it seems that a move may well come off. The club have also been linked with Barcelona stopper Victor Valdes and Swansea City number one Michel Vorm.