Mourinho starts the Portugalization of Roma with Wolves' Rui Patricio

13.6.2021.  
Mourinho starts the Portugalization of Roma with Wolves' Rui Patricio

With Jose Mourinho surprisingly taking on Roma as his next managerial job, changes and investments are expected. So far so, the rumours have been unimpressive for the Giallorossi faithful but a good signing is on the horizon. In a position with which Roma has struggled for several seasons now.


Robin Olsen arrived in the summer of 2018 but ended up going on multiple loans. Pau Lopez was bought in the summer of 2019 for €23,500,000 but failed to establish himself as a keeper for a club with a European ambition. Now, the club is looking to buy Rui Patricio from Wolverhampton Wanderers.


Aged 33, the Portugal international is with his country's team at the Euros yet the Italian and Portuguese press is calling the transfer a certainty. Patricio will sign a three-year contract with Roma and start the Portugalization of the Italian club's dressing room now with Mourinho in charge. With the Special One saying he has a greater feeling that he is working with the owners, not for them. Not to mention that the sporting director of Roma is also Portuguese.


Wolves will get €7,000,000 up front with another three million euros in bonuses for the keeper.


Patricio is not the first rumour Roma fans have read whilst drinking espressos in the streets of the Eternal City. Another one comes with a far worse reputation. Mourinho is seemingly interested in Granit Xhaka, with the Arsenal man and notorious former captain supposed to take the role Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg had at Tottenham. But with none of his leadership skills seemingly and as a greater liability in defence.


Roma is to offer €17,000,000 with Arsenal wanting a clean €20,000,000 for the man who has a contract until 2023.


"There are always rumours as soon as the transfer market opens but I don’t want to talk about my future. I am 100 per cent focused here with the national team... what happens afterwards, you will then get to know about it," said Xhaka who is with the Switzerland national team.



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