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.

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Rui Patricio (Photo by Jack Thomas – WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images)

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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?

The Athletic has provided some details.

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Rui Patricio (Photo by Sam Bagnall – AMA/Getty Images)

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.

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Rui Patricio and Jose Sa (Photo by Sam Bagnall – AMA/Getty Images)

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.

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