Wolves striker Patrick Cutrone, currently on loan at Fiorentina, has tested positive for coronavirus.
Patrick Cutrone, 22, left Wolves for Fiorentina in the January transfer window on an 18-month loan deal after arriving at the Premier League club last summer from AC Milan.
In a statement, Fiorentina confirmed the Italian international striker is one of four people tested positive for COVID-19.
Cutrone, German Pezzella and physio Stefano Dainelli all have coronavirus as Dusan Vlahovic had earlier tested positive for the virus.
“Patrick Cutrone, German Pezzella and physiotherapist Stefano Dainelli underwent tests, as they were showing some symptoms. All three [were] positive and are in good health at their homes in Florence.”
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Patrick Cutrone struck for a late brace as Italy topped Iceland 3-0 in U-21 Euro 2021 qualification on Saturday.
The young Wolves striker started the match and had a bad miss just before halftime, but picked himself up and struck twice in the final 10 minutes to earn Italy the win.
The victory was important for the Italians, who were missing a host of important players. Everton striker Moise Kean was suspended for a red card, while Sandro Tonali and Nicolo Zaniolo were both called up to the senior squad for Italy’s qualifiers against Bosnia & Herzegovina and Armenia.
Cutrone was involved in Italy’s opener, sending a cross in to Inter youngster Andrea Pinamonti, who then knocked it down for Riccardo Sottil to finish off past the half-hour mark. The 21-year-old Wolves purchase should have scored just after the second-half restart but fired wide from 10 yards out.
Iceland was lively in the match, with a squad that included players from Borussia Dortmund, Brentford, and BATE Borisov. However, it was Cutrone who would put the match away in the 84th minute when he blasted in a rebound off a saved header from Sassuolo product Gianluca Scamacca. He struck again in the 90th minute, firing home a low effort after a Scamacca feed.
Things go chippy at the end of the match, with a member of Iceland’s bench sent off and a small scuffle between players at the final whistle. The Italians pushed up to second in the group, three points behind Republic of Ireland with the victory, also holding two games in hand on those at the top.
Patrick Cutrone’s AC Milan experience is over for now, as the young Italian striker will try his hand at life in the Premier League.
It’s a $20 million move for Cutrone, 21, who had a down year for his boyhood club following a breakout 2017-18 season. Cutrone posted 27 goals and seven assists for Milan in 90 contests.
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The center forward will give Wolves terrific depth in their European adventure, with Raul Jimenez set to be the star up top. Wolves have a 2-0 advantage over Crusaders FC in the Europa League’s second qualifying round, and it would be stunning if Nuno Espirito Santo‘s men don’t advance after Thursday’s second leg.
Milan finished fifth in Serie A last season but will not play in Europa League due to Financial Fair Play violations.
Here’s Cutrone, via the Wolves’ official site:
“I’ve come here to play football. I’ll have to settle in initially and I’m looking forward to heading out on to the pitch to play. You never stop learning and I’m here to learn new things, but I’ll certainly give my all for the team.”
Settle in? The West Midlands is essentially the Milan of the United Kingdom!
If Cutrone can recapture his best form, and it’s likely he’ll be better than last season, Wolves will have a dangerous pair to lead their line. And he’s a good bet to increase in value even if he doesn’t blossom into a star.
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Paulo Dybala was linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur earlier in the week, followed by the possibility of being included as part of a deal taking Romelu Lukaku from Manchester United to Juventus. However, the 25-year-old Argentine forward would prefer to stay at Juve under new manager Maurizio Sarri. Coming off a hugely disappointing season in 2018-19, on the heels of a breakout campaign in 2017-18, Dybala would probably be best off leaving Turin, and the shadow of Cristiano Ronaldo, for more plentiful chances elsewhere.
Juve winger Moise Kean is widely considered one of the brightest young prospects in all of Europe, which means that Everton signing the 19-year-old Italian would be a massive coup for the Toffees. Somehow, some way, they are the front-runners to acquire Kean, though Juve are reportedly insisting on a buy-back clause in any transfer agreement, just in case Kean ascends to superstardom in the near future.
Gareth Bale‘s proposed move to Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning has been canceled by the board at Real Madrid, as the directors believe it would represent too large of a loss on the precious world-record transfer fee. Bale would have left Madrid for no fee, with Jiangsu Suning unwilling to pay Madrid on top of offering the play $1.25-million weekly wages.
Patrick Cutrone’s arrival to Wolverhampton Wanderers is imminent, with the 21-year-old Italian forward only needing to complete his medical exams before an announcement later this week.
Wolverhampton Wanderers have shopped aggressively since returning to the Premier League last summer (they did so well before then, which is how they got back in the PL), but they appear to have also shopped rather smartly in spending $185 million over the last 15 months.
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They’ve almost exclusively targeted exceptional young talents who will only appreciate — massively so, in some cases — during their time at the club. AC Milan forward Patrick Cutrone is the latest youngster set to sign for Wolves, and he fits the bill just as well as Raul Jimenez ($43 million), Jonny Otto ($23 million), Adama Traore ($22 million) and Diogo Jota ($16 million), a few stars of the future who came before him.
According to a report from the Guardian, Wolves have agreed a fee with AC Milan, believed the be in the neighborhood of $25 million, and the 21-year-old is set to undergo medical testing ahead of an official announcement this week.
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Wolves secured a 2-0 victory over Norther Irish side Crusaders in their opening Europa League qualifier this week, with the second leg to be played on Thursday.