Arsenal appear to be in the market for a new goalkeeper this summer and today they have been linked with one of the best in Europe.
After Petr Cech’s average performances this season and David Ospina reportedly considering his future at the club, Arsene Wenger looks to be on the lookout for a new goalkeeper for next season.
The Gunners have been linked with a whole host of goalkeepers but Portugal number 1 Rui Patricio is the latest to be linked. RMC in France claim that their ‘information’ suggests Arsenal are preparing a €15million offer for the Sporting Lisbon stopper.
Luring Patricio from Lisbon may not be easy though, he has been at the club as a youth player since 2000. That is one reason why he may finally be looking for a new challenge, but it ialso means that Lisbon and the player have a strong relationship and that could prove to complicate negotiations.
How much would he cost?
Patricio would be quite a cheap signing in the scheme of things, with a price tag of €15million mentioned in the media. In this market that is not a lot of money for a goalkeeper aged 29, in the prime of his career. He’s got a lot of top level experience and has managed more than 60 caps for his country.
Is he better than what Arsenal have currently?
Awarded the best goalkeeper at Euro 2016, Patricio is certainly very highly rated and would no doubt be brought in to become the new number one at the club. At the Euros he was widely praised for helping Portugal win the competition, conceding very few goals following a series of top quality performances.
Arsenal have Petr Cech, David Ospina and Damian Martinez at the club currently, with Woijech Szczesny to return from loan at the end of the season. Ospina and Szczesny both look likely to move on, so any new keeper would be competing with Cech and Martinez between the sticks. Cech could perhaps become the backup experienced goalkeeper, with Patricio, based on current form, the better player.
The concern may be that he has not played for a domestic club outside of Portugal or Lisbon and that may mean he will take some time to adjust to his new surroundings. An adaptation period for a goalkeeper at a top club is never great news, as we’ve seen with Loris Karius, but as we’ve seen with David De Gea, the wait can be worth it. It’s also worth considering that Patricio is no youngster, he’s got tonnes of international and European experience and that will stand him in good stead if he were to move to the Premier League.