AC Milan striker Patrick Cutrone has been linked with moves away from the San Siro for a few transfer windows, but nothing seemed very concrete. Until now.
Cutrone getting pulled from training 10 minutes in while the rest of the team is still training... @acmilan do not do what I think is happening pic.twitter.com/Ye0vDAx3CE— Giuseppe D’Alessio (@dalessio5) July 26, 2019
Cutrone was taken out of training 10 minutes into the session today in the United States, with speculation rampant that a fee has been agreed between Milan and Wolverhampton in England.
Patrick Cutrone is reported to be on the verge of joining Wolverhampton Wanderers, as he was taken out of #ACMilan ’s training camp https://t.co/s8MxrOYgC1 #WWFC #WolvesFC pic.twitter.com/OGyqw2fEbQ— footballitalia (@footballitalia) July 26, 2019
It’s being reported that the 21 year-old Italy international is on his way to Wolves for a €20 million fee, bringing his time at his boyhood club to an end. He was reportedly not convinced about a move to Wolves, but it appears that his mind was changed in the last few days.
The failed sale of Andre Silva to Monaco may or may not have played a part in this sale, but with Milan linked to some rather expensive moves in the market, it’s not surprising that Cutrone would also have to be sold to fund the new acquisitions. Cutrone took a step back in his second year in the senior squad, only scoring nine goals in 43 appearances in all competitions, with only three of them coming in Serie A. He had been the top goalscorer for Milan the previous season, scoring 18 goals in 46 appearances in all competitions, with 10 coming in Serie A.
Now that Milan have Krzysztof Piatek also at the club, the main striker role has gone to the Poland international and while Marco Giampaolo’s system uses two strikers, Cutrone’s never really been able to work effectively with another striker up top.
Meanwhile, Wolverhampton already has an experienced starting striker in Mexico international Raúl Jiménez, and the 28 year-old exploded in the Premier League last season, scoring 17 goals and adding eight assists in 44 appearances in all competitions. Wolves, however, are also in the Europa League and are in the market for an experienced backup striker, with attacking players such as Ivan Cavaleiro and Helder Costa leaving the club this transfer window.
Cutrone won’t start in the Premier League unless Jiménez is injured or is rested for big European fixtures. He might get a chance to start in some of the Europa League qualifying matches or in the group stage, should Wolves make it that far, but he’s not going to be any closer to starting than he would be if he was at Milan.
Hopefully Cutrone surprises us all and is able to star in the Premier League, and we wish him well after a couple of surprising years at the San Siro.