Rui Patricio signs for Wolves from Sporting Lisbon
By James Dale
Last Updated: 18/06/18 6:49pm
Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio has signed for Wolves on a four-year deal from Sporting Lisbon.
Patricio, 30, won his 70th cap for Portugal in their 2018 World Cup opener against Spain last week and was part of the squad that won Euro 2016.
He opted to break his Sporting Lisbon contract after a group of around 50 masked supporters broke into the club's headquarters and physically assaulted players and staff in May as they were preparing for a training session ahead of the Portuguese Cup final against Aves.
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Patricio was one of a number of players to cite the 'just cause' in relation to the lack of safety and protection highlighted by the attack.
Wolves had been reported to be willing to pay £18m for the goalkeeper before he opted to terminate his contract, allowing him to join the English club for free.
Sporting Lisbon could yet be owed a compensation fee though if the case goes to a FIFA tribunal.
He had been at the Portuguese club since the age of 12, making 460 appearances, including 26 in the Champions League.
Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo has already signed Mexico international Raul Jimenez from Benfica this summer as he looks to strengthen the club's squad ahead of their return to the Premier League.
The Midlands club comfortably won the Sky Bet Championship last season with the help of a number of Portuguese imports brought in as part of Wolves' close relationship with super agent Jorge Mendes.
Patricio now joins Ruben Neves, Diego Jota and Helder Costa in becoming one of a number of Mendes' clients to have joined Wolves since Fosun took charge of the club in 2016.