Wolverhampton Wanderers and Portuguese international goalkeeper Rui Patricio is closer than ever to join the Italian side AS Roma for €13 million (€10 million plus €3 million add ons).
Rui Patricio currently plays for Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers that got promoted a couple of years back and is also the number one choice as a goalkeeper for the Portuguese national team.
This will be the first signing for AS Roma and under new head coach Jose Mourinho who’s also a fellow compatriot of the player. Roma announced the arrival of Jose Mourinho as their new head coach in May after the departure of Paulo Fonseca.
Roma is also looking forward to selling their current goalkeeper Pau Lopez to French side Marseille on a loan deal. His teammate Cengiz Under has also been roped in by Marseille on loan with an option to buy.
Patricio has been a key part of Wolves under the management of Nuno Espírito Santo and was signed from Sporting Lisbon for €16.2 million in 2018. The 33-year-old has 157 appearances for the club and kept 37 clean sheets, including 31 in the Premier League. Santo was sacked by the Wolves as they finished 13th this season in Premier League at the end of the season. Bruno Lage was announced as his successor this summer.
Patricio is a part of the Portuguese contingent at the Euro 2020 but his side failed to make a mark at the competition as they got knocked out by Belgium in the round of 16. Portugal were one of the favourites to win the tournament but the defending champions had a disappointing run.
Meanwhile, Roma would be hoping to fix things up after the arrival of Jose Mourinho. The club finished 7th in Serie A this season and they would be hoping to remodel the club by bringing in new players this summer. Arsenal and Switzerland midfielder Granit Xhaka is also rumoured to join the Italian side.