Sporting Lisbon demand £48.5m from Wolves for ‘free agent’ Rui Patricio and wants Prem side banned from signing players for two windows

SPORTING LISBON  have demanded Wolves pay £48.5m for ‘free agent’ Rui Patricio and are banned from signing players for two transfer windows, according to reports in Portugal.

The goalkeeper has already joined the Premier League new boys but his Lisbon exit turned nasty and Wolves wanted to arrange some form of compensation to keep all parties sweet.

 Rui Patricio has made over 460 appearances for Sporting Lisbon

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Rui Patricio has made over 460 appearances for Sporting Lisbon

However, Record has published a 63-page dossier that Sporting handed to FIFA before the English side had a chance to settle things amicably.

The fuming Portuguese side wants Patricio banned from playing for six months and Wolves to be banned from registering players in the next two transfer windows.

The goalkeeper, 30, penned a four-year deal with Nuno Espirito Santo’s side after he terminated his own contract with the Portuguese club.

 Portugal's World Cup goalkeeper Rui Patricio joined his fellow countryman Ruben Neves at Molineux

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Portugal’s World Cup goalkeeper Rui Patricio joined his fellow countryman Ruben Neves at Molineux



Espirito Santo completed the deal for his fellow countryman as he looks to strengthen his squad before the Premier League season.

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Wolves confirmed the transfer on their Twitter page on Monday, which read: “Wolves are delighted to confirm @selecaoportugal and @Sporting_CP number one Rui Patricio has joined the club on a four-year deal #BemVindoRui.”

The keeper ended his spell in Portugal after his team were attacked after they failed to qualify for the Champions League.

William Carvalho, Gelson Martins and Bruno Fernandes have also cancelled their deals with the Portuguese club.

 Rui Patricio is Portugal's undisputed No 1 goalkeeper

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Rui Patricio is Portugal’s undisputed No 1 goalkeeper

Jorge Mendes played a key role in bringing him to Wolves as he is part of the Gestifute agency.

The goalkeeper has played his entire career with Sporting Lisbon, making over 460 appearances in total.

Patricio is Portugal’s No 1 goalkeeper and he is currently in Russia with Cristiano Ronaldo and Co.

He has racked up over 70 caps for the international side since making his debut in 2010.

The experienced shot-stopper played the full game on Friday as Spain drew 3-3 with Spain in their first match of the World Cup. 

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Espirito Santos has already signed Portuguese star Diogo Jota, French defender Willy Boly, Mexican striker Raul Jimenez.

Last season’s Championship winners also signed Benik Afobe – who has been loaned out to Stoke.

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