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Martin Keown praises "amazing" Wolverhampton Wanderers transfer business

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Martin Keown praises Wolverhampton Wanderers for pulling off the "amazing" signing of Portugal keeper Rui Patricio on a free during the summer.

Martin Keown has lauded Wolverhampton Wanderers for pulling off the "remarkable" signing of Portugal keeper Rui Patricio over the summer.

The experienced stopper joined the Midlands side over the summer on a free after cancelling his contract with boyhood club Sporting Lisbon.

In the same window, Liverpool and Chelsea each spent more than £70m on bringing in Alisson Becker and Kepa Arrizabalaga respectively, and pundit Keown believes that Wolves had easily the better deal.

"The main reason Wolves earned their point against Manchester City was Rui Patricio," he told the Daily Mail. "He pulled off two world class saves and when you can bring in a player of that quality, you get results you could only have dreamed of.

"It is remarkable that Wolves could sign Rui Patricio on a free. I would argue he is a better goalkeeper than Kepa Arrizabalaga, who cost Chelsea a world-record £71.6m.

"In an age when full backs and goalkeepers cost more than centre forwards, Wolves pulled off an amazing piece of business."

Wolves still could be forced to pay compensation to Sporting for Patricio after the Portuguese side reportedly opened legal proceedings, demanding as much as £48m for the keeper.


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City1210203653132
2Liverpool129302351830
3Chelsea128402781928
4Tottenham HotspurSpurs1290320101027
5Arsenal1273226151124
6Bournemouth126242116520
7Watford126241714320
8Manchester UnitedMan Utd126242021-120
9Everton125431915419
10Leicester CityLeicester125251716117
11Wolverhampton WanderersWolves124441213-116
12Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton124261318-514
13West Ham UnitedWest Ham123361418-412
14Newcastle UnitedNewcastle12237915-69
15Burnley122371225-139
16Crystal Palace12228817-98
17Southampton12156821-138
18Cardiff CityCardiff122281125-148
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield12147622-167
20Fulham121291131-205

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