Patrick Cutrone is reportedly joining Empoli.

The striker is set to leave Wolves on loan for a third time, having previously had spells at Fiorentina and Valencia.

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Patrick Cutrone (Photo by Jack Thomas – WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images)

The player has been pictured at an airport, and one suspects confirmation of his move will arrive soon.

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Cutrone departing just days before the new season has surprised a few people.

Bruno Lage has taken a real good look at him in pre-season.

The new manager also recently challenged Cutrone to prove himself at the club.

But it appears he will not be playing his football in the Black Country in 2021/22.

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Patrick Cutrone (Photo by Andrew Kearns – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Rafa Mir could also be on his way out, which would leave Raul Jimenez and Fabio Silva as the only out-and-out strikers within the first-team squad.

Given Lage has historically used a 4-4-2 system, Cutrone’s impending exit is a little surprising.

 

It is especially bizarre that it is a loan move – we have heard so much about Wolves needing to sell to buy this summer.

One thing it may point towards though, is another striker coming into the club.

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It would be inconceivable for Wolves to head into 2021/22 relying on just Jimenez and Silva.

As sharp as he has looked in pre-season, there is no telling how Jimenez will fare following his awful injury.

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Raul Jimenez and Fabio Silva (Photo by Jack Thomas – WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images)

And Silva showed promise last term, but is still only 19.

Cutrone is departing, and Mir is probably going to follow suit – that surely suggests there is a chance of another striker coming in.

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