Wolverhampton Wanderers have sold Rui Patricio.
The 33-year-old leaves after three years at Molineux, and joins AS Roma.
The player last night posted on Instagram, thanking fans for their support and the club’s staff.
It was a great three years of service from Patricio.
He made significant contributions to the club finishing seventh in the 2018/19 and 2019/20 seasons.
And of course, he was instrumental in the club reaching the FA Cup semi-final and the quarter-final of the Europa League.
The move to sell Patricio is done, but how and why did Wolves arrive at their decision?
Apparently Wolves didn’t come into the summer looking to sell Patricio.
And the player was not angling for a move.
That said, Wolves knew he only had a year left on his contract, and were open to selling for the right price.
That price is now reported to be around £10 million.
Interestingly, had Wolves kept hold of Patricio, they would have offered him a new contract.
A move that suits everyone
The Patricio transfer seems like one that suits all parties.
He only had a year left, so to get £10 million for him is fairly decent considering his age.
While he is still a great goalkeeper, there were signs last term that he is perhaps beginning to decline.
He seems very happy to link up with Jose Mourinho and to be embarking on a new challenge in Serie A.
Supposedly now, Jose Sa will come in for a few million pounds less, meaning the difference can perhaps be invested in other deals by Wolves.