Wolves target Patrick Cutrone is said to be weighing up his future as he decides whether to leave AC Milan.
The 21-year-old striker is understood to be considering his options as he ponders leaving Italy. Wolves are prepared to pay the asking price of around £22m for the one-capped Italy international and see him having a big, exciting future.
Milan need to sell to free up funds as they are edging closer to agreeing a £48m move for Atletico Madrid attacker Angel Correa, according to various sources.
Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo wants to add competition up front to Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota after losing Helder Costa and Ivan Cavaleiro to Leeds and Fulham respectively, and sees Cutrone as complementing the pair.
Cutrone would be the first Italian to play for Wolves but he also fits the sort of low profile, long-term investment, under-the-radar signing owners Fosun like to make.
Described as a ‘true number nine’, Cutrone’s attributes are his physical strength, positioning and aerial ability,plus his workrate.
After making his Serie A debut in 2016-17, he made his mark the following season with 18 goals in 46 games in all competitions, including 10 in 28 league outings. Last season he managed nine goals in 43 matches, finishing the campaign playing for Italy Under-21s in the European Championship, one of his two outings in the competition coming against Spain’s Wolves forward Rafa Mir in a 3-1 win.
Cutrone has two Europa League campaigns in his locker, scoring 10 times in 18 games over the last two seasons. His one full cap came against Argentina in March 2018 in a 2-0 friendly defeat after he had represented Italy at every age group from Under-15s to Under-21s.
Last week Wolves chairman Jeff Shi assured fans the squad would be strengthened before the new Premier League season. Wolves have been linked with a host of players, with only Salomon Rondon a confirmed target. But the former Albion striker has now followed ex-Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez to China and joined Dalian Yifang.
Shi said: “The team is still the core. If we can’t win games on the pitch it will not be helpful for us. So we are going to continue to invest in the squad and improve. I know some fans are maybe a little bit nervous, but we are working really hard. So don’t worry, we will be ready.”
However, Shi believes Wolves’ current squad can cope with the demands of a Europa League campaign, and says they will only enter the market if the circumstances are right. He said: “We have one more championship to play for but we have a very good medical team and sports science team. We have a small squad but we have strong Under-23 and Under-18 teams to support them. So I am not so worried about too many games for us. The thing is trying to find the right way to improve the level of our squad.”