By Will Butcher
Arsenal fans are not pleased on Twitter after learning that their club are reportedly interested in Sporting Lisbon goalkeeper Rui Patricio.
It is believed that a bid of around £13million will be enough to see the 56-time Portugal international join the Gunners, but they face competition from Ligue 1 giants Marseille.
Sporting’s number one has kept 12 clean sheets during his 31 league and cup appearances, with the club sitting third and nine points adrift of Porto in the Primeira Liga.
There has been a feeling at the Emirates that Petr Cech’s performances have dipped in quality this season.
Meanwhile, Colombian stopper David Ospina’s future in north London is also under threat with reports suggesting he could leave the club.
However, Arsenal fans are not happy with Patricio as their new No.1, with some fans claiming that Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel would be a better buy after the Sun claimed Arsenal were keen on the Denmark international.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Would prefer Schmeichel
— Main Man Mart (@Glorious_Gooner) March 28, 2017
Arsenal no longer attract big names and its scary
— Gee mann❄ (@babangees) March 28, 2017
Please, no! Get back @13Szczesny13
— Öllie (@_ollister_) March 28, 2017
Arsenal linked with Butland, Pickford, Schmeichel & Patricio in the last week. A summer of rumours & then Cech gets captaincy and 10yr deal.
— Tom (@Tom180AFC) March 28, 2017
Patricio has remained with Sporting throughout his whole career after making his professional debut for the club way back in November 2006 aged just 18.
It remains to be seen if the Gunners will attempt to sign the stopper, who has a contract with his current club until the summer of 2022.
In other Arsenal transfer news, fans will also be raging at this reported transfer news regarding Alexis Sanchez.