Arsenal & Liverpool target has “said goodbye”

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Arsenal and Liverpool target Rui Patricio is ready for a move to a big European club, according to his father, and has “said goodbye” to Sporting Lisbon.

Both Arsene Wenger and Brendan Rodgers have been credited with an interest in the Portugal international and the latest set of comments may be encouraging for them.

Patricio was reportedly the subject of a failed bid from Arsenal as the Gunners manager looks to improve his options in the goalkeeping ranks at Emirates Stadium.

Meanwhile, there has been much speculation over the future of Liverpool number one Pepe Reina and Patricio was posited as a possible replacement for the Anfield number one.

Whether it is to either Arsenal or Liverpool is as yet unknown, it looks as though the 25-year-old may be on the move this summer.

Patricio’s father spoke to Radio Renaissance in Portgual insisting his son had proved his international pedigree and was ready for a move to one of the big European clubs, when asked if the ‘keeper should leave Sporting.

“I think so. He's already proved he can play at a big club abroad. Provided it is the best for him," he said.

An even bigger hint that Patricio was on his way out of Sporting Lisbon came in an interview with the club’s back up goalkeeper Marcelo Boeck.

The 28-year-old Brazilian claimed the number one had already “said goodbye” to his teammates at the club.

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