The agent of Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Patrick Cutrone has spoken out after recent reports suggested that his playing time was affected by his contract.
The Cutrone clause
The 22-year-old moved to Serie A from the West Midlands last January after originally signing from AC Milan for £20m back in summer 2019 (TransferMarkt).
A report earlier in the month claimed that the 22-year-old centre-forward has not had much game time at the Stadio Artemio Franchi as his loan deal would become permanent if he bypassed 26 starts.
So far, Cutrone has made 29 appearances and scored just five goals during that time after making just 24 outings for Wolves (TransferMarkt). Despite this, he has earned the respect of skipper Conor Coady, who described him as “brilliant” (via the club’s official website).
But the Italian’s agent, Giovanni Branchini, has rubbished this claim after it was added that La Viola have doubts over his €18m (£16m) release clause.
“I’m also tired of hearing talk about contract and redemption: it’s all talk,” he told Radio Bruno, cited by Fiorentina.it.
“The loan contract with the option of obligation was made in a pre-Covid era.
“This does not mean that, in light of what has happened, there can be no negotiations with the card-carrying club (Wolves) to find other arrangements than those made in the pre-Covid period.
“An aspect that has never influenced the choices of any coach has been emphasised. I know this because I am often in contact with the club.
“The choices made were technical choices: they wanted to give continuity to other players. Iachini had strongly wanted Cutrone; he even called him.
“It seems to me that Cutrone had done fairly well last year, some chestnuts from the fire had taken it away. This year he made different choices.”
Transfer Tavern take
It’s a complicated scenario and one where Cutrone is the only individual that suffers from this situation.
Having made just one appearance for Italy back in March 2018, he will be wanting to play regular first-team football to be in with a chance of a call-up to the national team.
Time will tell whether his efforts to get game time will pay off, or if Nuno Espirito Santo has plans for him at Wolves.
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