Why Wolves face paying £48million for new free signing

Sporting Lisbon have filed paperwork with FIFA calling for Wolves to pay them £48million for goalkeeper Rui Patricio.

The Portugal No.1 joined Wolves last month on a free transfer after rescinding his deal in the Portuguese capital.

Patricio, who has won over 70 caps for the Seleccao, has signed a four-year deal with the Premier League newsboys.

He terminated his contract at the start of June, after being abused by angry fans almost a month previously, when players were attacked at the club’s training ground after they missed out on Champions League qualification

The conduct of ex-president Bruno de Carvalho, and statements he made following the Europa League loss to Atletico Madrid, were also called into question.

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Patricio stated: "I was the victim of physical and psychological violence, so in order to preserve my personal and professional dignity, I wish to end the contract that ties me to Sporting.”

His move to terminate his deal came after de Carvalho pulled out of a £16million deal to take him to Molineux. De Carvalho accused Patricio’s agent, Jorge Mendes, of ‘manipulating’ Patricio and stated: "Sporting can not be under fear, under blackmail or under threat."

Now Sporting lawyers have filed documents with FIFA’s Dispute Resolution Chamber calling on Wolves to pay to pay a total £48million in compensation.

They have also called on Patricio, their former captain, to be banned from playing for six months and for Wolves to be banned from registering players in either of the next two transfer windows.

Sporting officials claim Patricio didn’t have the necessary ‘just cause’ to terminate his contract.

Regarding De Carvalho’s outburst post-Atletico, where he threatened to suspend 19 members of the first team squad, labelling them ‘spoiled children’, Sporting have used Mauricio Pochettino and Jose Mourinho as examples of how it is not unusual for club representatives to "make some remarks if he thinks that there is some lack of commitment and/or considers a wrong attitude among the squad."

It is claimed that Patricio pointedly ignored messages of support from club officials throughout April and May, after those remarks were initially made – attempts other players reacted to with appreciation.

"The behaviour of the First Respondent [Patricio] was frankly reprehensible," Sporting claim.

"However at the present stage it can be easily interpreted further to the Player’s signing for the Second Respondent [Wolves]. It seems now apparent that this was clearly an orchestrated attempt by the Player to abandon the Club in light of the First Respondent’s desire to leave which it is nowadays clear that it was already pre-existent at the time of the events at the origin of the present dispute."

And Sporting have pointed the finger at Wolves, Patricio and Mendes.

Within the document sent to FIFA, they declare: "It needs to be recalled again that the New Club is obviously keen on not paying any transfer compensation to the Club. The agents of the Player, surely a determinant factor in said abrupt and premature termination without just cause, must be as well undoubtedly interested in the transfer to happen in order to receive a commission.

"Lastly, the Player, as a "free agent" moving from the Claimant to a new club would get a very high signing bonus as the New Club does not need to pay any transfer fee.

"Thus, considering the present dispute, it is highly likely that the Player got influence by the New Club and the Player’s agent in order to terminate the Contract with immediate effect as all three parties would benefit from the transfer of the Claimant as "free agent".

"It is no coincidence that the Player notified the termination of his contract after the Club requested a transfer fee which was in the Player’s view too high."

Wolves insist they have done nothing wrong and are confident that the deal they’ve agreed with Patricio is legally secure.

If they and Sporting don’t reach a compromise, then FIFA will be forced to make a judgment.

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