Wolverhampton Wanderers may have received a boost in keeping Rui Patricio this summer, with AS Roma looking at other goalkeeping options.
It has been claimed in recent weeks that Jose Mourinho wants to sign the 33-year-old when he becomes manager of the Italian club this summer.
La Gazzetta dello Sport had stated that The Special One was keen to land his fellow countryman.
He’s still on their radar, but Corriere dello Sport have reported that the club are most keen on Lille stopper Mike Maignan, who is on the brink of winning Ligue 1 with his club.
Patricio – who cost Wolves £16 million (BBC Sport) – is now merely one of Roma’s alternative options.
Maignan, 25, has enjoyed a tremendous campaign having conceded just 22 goals in 37 league games.
The durable star has played every single minute of every game for Lille across all competitions, and will only have a year left on his contract this summer.
It’s explained by Corriere that the view in France is that Maignan will soon become the national team’s number one, so good he has been in recent times.
It is little wonder, therefore, that he’s now the main target for Roma.
Good news for Wolves
If it’s true Roma are now more keen to sign Maignan then that’s good news for Wolves.
The club don’t need to be losing Patricio when he’s still performing to a relatively high level.
Yes he has dipped slightly this year compared to his last two seasons, but Patricio remains a top quality stopper and his experience and status as one of the leaders in the dressing room are invaluable.