Wolves striker Patrick Cutrone is attracting interest from clubs in Spain and Italy after loan spells in both countries, according to reports.
Cutrone joined Wolves from Milan in 2019 in what seemed like an exciting move at the time. The forward had shown some potential with the Serie A giants, but struggled to replicate such form after moving to England. He lasted just six months before leaving on loan for Fiorentina.
Cutrone was supposed to spend 18 months in Florence, but even that spell was not particularly successful. The loan was cut short in January, prompting his return to Wolves half a year ahead of schedule. He made a couple of appearances before leaving on loan again, this time to Valencia.
He failed to score during his stint in Spain and now is at a crossroads in his career. Back at Wolves for pre-season, it seems more likely that he will leave again than stay.
According to Sky Sports, Cutrone is in demand in each of the two countries he has previously endured loan spells in. The report claims that Villarreal want to take him back to La Liga, while Sampdoria are hoping to lure him back to his native Italy.
Cutrone scored for Wolves in their most recent pre-season match, but the signs are currently pointing towards an exit.
He has only managed to scored three goals in 28 competitive matches for the club. It is not yet clear where he fits into the plans of new boss Bruno Lage.
Still only 23 years old, the potential is still there, but it has been a while since anyone looked like unlocking it.
The current centre-forward options available to Wolves, in addition to Cutrone, are returning talisman Raul Jimenez and record signing Fabio Silva. Like Cutrone, Rafa Mir has also returned from a loan spell but faces an uncertain future.
Amid doubts over what kind of form Jimenez will find after a lengthy spell on the sidelines and whether Silva will start repaying their faith, Wolves have been linked with some other strikers.
Agent blasts Braithwaite to Wolves rumours
For example, there were reports recently of a move for Barcelona’s Martin Braithwaite.
However, the Denmark forward’s agent, Hasan Cetinkaya, recently hit out at such speculation.
“Everything’s s***, all these stories are false,” Cetinkaya said in response to rumours that Jorge Mendes could push Braithwaite to Wolves.
“Jorge Mendes has nothing to do with Martin Braithwaite. Jorge Mendes has no players at Barcelona. He can focus on Wolves, but I take care of my players at Barcelona.
“Martin Braithwaite plays for the biggest club in the world and works with one of the most important coaches in the world.
“From day one until now, he’s exceeded expectations in terms of playing time and wellbeing at the club, and he’s very happy.
“He was one of the best players at the European Championship with incredible statistics, and he’ll continue with Barcelona.”