Goalkeeper Rui Patricio is edging closer to leaving Wolves to join AS Roma, according to Fabrizio Romano.
Wolves signed Patricio back in 2018 after he terminated his contract with Sporting Lisbon (via BBC Sport).
He penned a four-year deal at the time, so is now entering the final 12 months of the agreement.
The 33-year-old has made 127 appearances for Wolves in all competitions, keeping 37 clean sheets.
He started all but one Premier League match last season and shut-out the opposition on 10 occasions.
Patricio is valued at £9million by Transfermarkt and could link up with compatriot Jose Mourinho at the Stadio Olimpico.
He’s currently representing Portugal at the European Championships, which may delay the completion of any move.
Romano tweeted that talks between the two clubs are ‘progressing’, with Roma pushing to ‘complete the deal’.
Wolves are ‘set to sign’ £6.75million-rated Jose Sa from Olympiacos as a replacement if indeed Patricio does seal his exit.
“AS Roma are progressing in talks to sign Rui Patricio from Wolves. Personal terms agreed, negotiations going on between clubs to complete the deal,” Romano revealed.
“Wolverhampton are set to sign Jose Sa as replacement if Rui Patricio will be sold, confirmed.”
Patricio looked an excellent signing at the time, particularly for a club who had only just been promoted.
And so it has proved. He played an important role in securing back-to-back seventh-place finishes for the club and rarely fumbled.
It feels like the Wolves team who achieved that hugely impressive feat is being disassembled. Matt Doherty left last summer, Nuno Espirito Santo has gone and Ruben Neves could well join Patricio in leaving.
Bruno Lage may well struggle to hit the heady heights of his predecessor if the club are not savvy in securing adequate replacements.
In other news, serious questions are being asked of Wolves’ ownership.
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