Arsenal Suffer Blow After First-Choice Keeping Target Opts to Join AS Monaco

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Portugal No 1 is heading to the South of France, and not London.

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Arsenal have missed out on signing highly rated Sporting Lisbon goalkeeper Rui Patricio this summer after it emerged that AS Monaco had agreed a deal to sign the Portuguese, according to reports in the Daily Express.

The north London club had been keeping close tabs on the Portugal international for some time now, with head coach Arsene Wenger even having a bid of £10 million for the 25-year-old rejected by the Portuguese giants back in May.

However, it now appears as though the Frenchman will have to start looking elsewhere for a new shot stopper to provide some much-needed competition for current No 1 Wojciech Szczesny at the Emirates next season after Sporting agreed to sell Patricio to the mega-rich Ligue 1 club for an initial fee of £9m.

But, according to Correio da Manha, that figure could actually rise substantially depending upon certain performance-related add ons, such as if Monaco win Ligue 1 for instance, then they will be have to pay Sporting a further £8.5m.

Either way, Wenger has now missed out on one of his primary keeping targets of the summer, with the man who has been capped 23 times by his country since making his debut for Portugal three years ago currently on his way to the South of France.

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