Rui Patricio leaves Wolves for Roma

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
Patricio has been presented by Roma
Patricio has been presented by Roma / Fabio Rossi/Getty Images

Wolves have confirmed the departure of Rui Patricio, who has joined Roma for an undisclosed fee. 

Patricio arrived at Molineux following the club’s promotion to the Premier League in 2018, replacing John Ruddy as their number one. He has since made 135 appearances, barely missing a Premier League game over the past three seasons. He helped the Wanderers secure Europa League football during his maiden campaign at the club and went on to make ten appearances in the competition. 

However, the club have now confirmed that the goalkeeper will be linking up with compatriot Jose Mourinho at Roma for the 2021/2022 season.

Wolves technical director Scott Sellars said: “We would all like to thank Rui for everything he has done for Wolves during the past three seasons.

“He has been part of the best years of the club’s recent history, in terms of the success we have had, coming to us when we were newly promoted and helping the club to achieve two seventh place finishes.

“He’s been a fantastic servant to the club, but it’s a fantastic opportunity for him to experience a new club in a new league, and a good move for everybody involved. We certainly wish him the very best of luck at Roma.”

Because of Patricio’s ever-presence in recent years, his departure comes as somewhat of a surprise. The resignation of manager Nuno Espirito Santo, who has since joined Tottenham, was another shock. 

Espirito Santo’s successor, Bruno Lage, will now need to sign a new starting goalkeeper. Olympiacos stopper Jose Sa is thought to be his number one target with a deal likely to be agreed soon.  

Josè Mourinho, Rui Patricio
Mourinho and Patricio in Rome / Fabio Rossi/Getty Images

Czech goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik - who impressed at Euro 2020 - has already joined the Greek side, seemingly as Sa's replacement.

Wolves have made one signing this summer, taking advantage of Barcelona’s perilous financial situation to sign forward Francisco Trincao on loan. There should be more arrivals too, as the club look to improve on their 13th-placed finish last term.