New Fiorentina manager Cesare Prandelli has been tasked with discovering the true value of Wolverhampton Wanderers loanee Patrick Cutrone, with the club yet to decide whether to buy him permanently.
Cutrone is currently on loan with the Serie A club, who he joined in January after a disappointing spell with Wolves following a move from AC Milan in July 2019.
That loan deal includes a purchase option which will activate when he’s played a certain amount of games, but Fiorentina are yet to decide about it, according to La Nazione.
They explain that ‘among the first tasks’ that Fiorentina have given to new coach Prandelli, who replaced Giuseppe Iachini earlier this week, is to discover the player’s ‘real value’.
They want to know ‘how much he is really worth’ to buy him permanently in the summer after his performances ‘slowly decreased’ under Iachini.
Cutrone has a purchase option worth €18m in his loan deal, which is described as a sword of Damocles for him, and that will become ‘obligatory’ as soon as he hits 26 starts for the club.
Cutrone is undoubtedly hoping that’s the case, with it explained that he was ‘among the most impressed’ by the presentation speech that the new boss gave on the day of his first training session.
He doesn’t have many competitors in the squad so is ‘like a lion in a cage’ who ‘quivers’ and goes in search of his next opportunity, which may come against Benevento in their next game.
That game and a few more in between, could end up determining whether Fiorentina decide to make his move a permanent one and get Wolves their money back on a transfer that did not work out.