?Patrick Cutrone has left Wolves just six months after signing for the Midlands club, departing for Fiorentina on an initial 18-month loan deal.
The Serie A side confirmed on Friday night that the deal includes what they call an ‘obligation’ to make the deal permanent, but what Wolves’ statement refers to as an ‘option’.
Fiorentina will pay a fee of around £1.5m for the loan deal itself, with a future fee of £13.5m bringing the value of the move up to a round £15m – just £1.2m shy of the initial fee ?Wolves paid to ?AC Milan in the summer.
The Premier League side’s statement on the move is notable lukewarm on Cutrone’s limited involvement in the first team since his arrival, reading: “The 22-year-old joined Wolves from AC Milan in July, but has been used predominantly off the bench since, struggling to force his way into Nuno Espirito Santo’s starting eleven.
“The striker made 24 appearances across three competitions, just nine of which were starts, with the Italian’s final appearance coming as a substitute at Norwich City in December. In his time with the club, Cutrone found the back of the net on three occasions, against Chelsea and West Ham United in the Premier League, and at Villa Park in the Carabao Cup.
“However, after just one start in Wolves’ last 15 matches, Cutrone now returns to Italy to join Fiorentina, who are currently sat in 15th in Serie A. Everyone at Wolves would like to wish Patrick the best of luck at Fiorentina.”
La Viola have struggled for goals this season, with their highest scorers in the league (on three goals each) consisting of a teenage forward, two central/defensive midfielders and an outright defender. Federico Chiesa has scored just twice in Serie A.
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