The Light Blues have already strengthened their forward line this summer with the signing of Antonio Colak from PAOK, although another striking option in Cedric Itten has left Ibrox.
His place could now be filled by reported target Patrick Cutrone, for whom Wolves paid £16.2m to sign from AC Milan ahead of the 2019/20 season, but it hasn’t worked out for him at Molineux.
He has only made 28 appearances for the Premier League club in three years, netting just three goals for the Old Gold. The 24-year-old has had three spells out on loan, at Fiorentina, Valencia and most recently Empoli.
He is now into the final year of his contract with Bruno Lage’s side, who may consequently view this summer as their last real opportunity to cash in on him.
Calciomercato‘s report stated that ‘this is the right time for a transfer’ ahead of the expiry of Cutrone’s deal. ‘Requests are not lacking’, with clubs in Serie A keen on the 24-year-old off the back of his time in Empoli.
However, as things stand, Rangers and La Liga outfit Celta Vigo ‘are in the lead’ in the race for his signature.
Cutrone started 15 games for Empoli last season but only netted three goals. He had hardly been prolific in his previous loan spells either, failing to get off the mark for Valencia and scoring just five times in 34 outings for Fiorentina.
It’s a far cry from the player who racked up 11 goals in 25 caps for Italy at under-21 level and 27 as a youngster at Milan. His time at the San Siro still accounts for 70 (82%) of his 85 recorded career goals, and 14 (61%) of his 23 assists, across senior and youth levels.
In 2018, he featured on the same Golden Boy shortlist as the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Phil Foden.
Van Bronckhorst might believe that there’s plenty of potential to unlock based on those early days of Cutrone’s career, and the Italian might just thrive in a league which only ranks ninth in the UEFA coefficient.
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