Liverpool are preparing to firm up their interest in Sporting Lisbon goalkeeper Rui Patricio as they seek competition for Simon Mignolet and the Reds No.1 jersey next season.
The Daily Express site Portuguese sources which claim the 27-year-old was recently scouted by Liverpool chief academy scout Julian Ward in a Premier Liga match.
Sporting are believed to want around £11 million for Patricio’s services but Liverpool have been buoyed by the belief the player is very keen on a move abroad. The Reds are now ready ready to open talks at the end of the season.
One face who wouldn’t be happy seeing the shot-stopper in the Premier League would be Jose Mourinho whose Chelsea side were left frustrated at the hands of Patricio in the Champions League group stages this season.
Despite winning 1-0 Mourinho said at the time that he couldn’t repeat his words because ‘they’d be censored’ but Patricio’s ‘great saves’ spoilt the the match for the Blues.