With ongoing speculation about the potential fee, or punishment, that Wolverhampton Wanderers would have to pay for doing absolutely nothing against the rules when we signed Portuguese goalkeeper Rui Patricio over the summer, it seems that those fans who thought Sporting Lisbon’s angry stamping and crying to FIFA was a ruse to get us to return to the negotiating table were right.
With opposition fans crying over their big spending failures and getting all uppity about how we have conducted ourselves and our business since Fosun and Nuno Espirito Santo came into the club, plenty did probably hope that FIFA would throw Sepp Blatter’s ethics committee at us in response to his free agent arrival – but reports have suggested we are now close to agreeing an 18million Euro fee with his former club to put this off-pitch distraction to bed.
The Birmingham Mail were one of a few to cover this speculation, and whilst nothing is signed yet, there’s a big expectation that matter will soon be over.
Sporting could’ve handled this differently for sure, the reported 18million Euro fee is roughly in the ballpark of what we offered anyway, so it’s no skin off our nose to use a phrase. Apparently, their new President Frederico Varandas travelled to London for a meeting to finalise the deal, so we haven’t even been given the run-around given the ‘you’re doomed’ belief that circulated amongst some.
We wait for full confirmation but many Wolves fans will simply feel vindicated in not worrying that we hadn’t done our homework, and some others, well, they’ll have to find something else to moan about now.
We thought Joao Moutinho might be the bargain of the summer, then Adama Traore – roughly £15million for Patricio given what other goalkeepers moved for last transfer window. It remains the steal of the century, let alone the summer.
Confirmation later today – if it didn’t come last night – will be the perfect preparation for the weekend’s clash against Watford.