The agent of Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Patrick Cutrone, Giovanni Branchini, has denied that a clause in his deal with Fiorentina is limiting his game time.
The striker has been on loan with the Serie A side since last January, having departed Wolves temporarily following a disappointing stint with the club following a £19.8m move from AC Milan in July 2019.
He has struggled to establish himself with Fiorentina, though, managing just over 1000 minutes of action in his 29 appearances thus far.
A report earlier this month indicated that his lack of game time could be due to a clause in his deal that will see his loan from Wolves become permanent as soon as he hits 26 starts for the club.
Thus, they are limiting him in this regard, with it explained that new manager Cesare Prandelli has been tasked with discovering Cutrone’s real value as Fiorentina are not sure whether he’s worth the €18m clause.
His agent has now moved to dismiss that, though, saying that agreement was made in the pre-Covid period.
“I’m also tired of hearing talk about contract and redemption: it’s all talk,” he told Radio Bruno, relayed 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.”