By Abigail Withey
Newcastle United have turned down the option to buy Sporting CP’s goalkeeper Rui Patricio in a huge deal, according to a reliable Sky journalist.
Keith Downie, a north east reporter for Sky Sports, has revealed that the Portuguese club offered the 29-year-old stopper in return for fellow goalkeeper Tim Krul and a fee of £8 million.
The Sky reporter shared the news on his verified Twitter account on Friday afternoon.
Understand Newcastle were offered Portuguese international goalkeeper Rui Patricio for £8m + Tim Krul but they said no.
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) August 25, 2017
Patricio has been at Sporting since he was a young boy and has worked his way up through the ranks to secure the number one jersey in the senior squad.
The Portugal international joined the senior squad permanently in 2006 and has made a total of 413 appearances across all competitions where he has achieved 160 clean sheets.
On the other hand, Newcastle keeper Tim Krul has been on a number of loans away from St. James’ Park with club’s such as Carlisle, Ajax and most recently Dutch outfit Alkmaar.
Football Insider verdict
This has to be Newcastle United’s worst decision of the transfer window. The opportunity to sign a proven and experienced stopper who has performed in the Champions League should be pounced upon and the bosses should’ve had Tim Krul on the first plane to Portugal. Patricio has shown skill in top competitions as well as performing for his country, and considering Rafa Benitez has made it clear he was searching for an experienced keeper, it’s completely incomprehensible as to why they would turn down such a great offer. Newcastle missed out on Willy Caballero earlier in the window and Benitez looked close to approaching Pepe Reina, which would have suggested that the Magpies would have thrown themselves at this deal. This is a decision which Newcastle will regret over the season.