Wolverhampton Wanderers have made a big decision this summer.
Rui Patricio left the club a couple of weeks ago to join AS Roma, following heavy speculation.
The plan coming into the summer was not to sell the Portugal number one (The Athletic).
But Roma’s interest encouraged the club to consider cashing in, knowing the player only had a year left on his contract at Molineux.
Patricio had been the joint-highest earner at Wolves on £100,000-a-week.
Ultimately, Wolves cashed in for just under £10 million (BBC Sport).
The man who has come in to replace him is Jose Sa.
The 28-year-old arrived from Olympiacos, and has now featured a couple of times in pre-season since his move.
Many Wolves fans still don’t know too much about Sa, but journalist Konstantinos Lianos, who is a Greek Super League reporter, has provided some very encouraging information.
He wrote on Twitter: “Long story short, Wolves have signed a very talented goalkeeper that inspired tremendous confidence in Olympiacos’ goal for three whole years.
“Jose Sa is the kind of goalkeeper that makes the big saves in the big games in Europe and domestic derbies (even from the penalty spot) and can keep his team in the game against a stronger adversary. That’s why he got called up by Portugal manager Fernando Santos.”
Encouraging comments about Wolves newbie Sa
These are some fairly exciting comments about Sa, from someone who has a good knowledge about his game as a Super League viewer.
Sa looked pretty solid in the recent game against Las Palmas, but one can’t read too much into pre-season.
Patricio was a tremendous servant for Wolves during his three years at the club.
Sa therefore has big gloves to fill, but he might just prove to be really shrewd business.