Barcelona have been looking at Patrick Cutrone for a long time
AC Milan sealed a surprise January signing in Krzysztof Piątek, with the Polish striker replacing Gonzalo Higuaín. But as a result, Patrick Cutrone’s future at the San Siro is uncertain, and Barcelona could take advantage of that.
The 21-year old Italy international hasn’t been able to replicate last season’s form, but that is largely due to his lack of opportunities amid bigger names. Cutrone has made 31 appearances in all competitions, but only 13 of them have been starts.
The youngster has netted 9 goals and provided 3 assists this season. But he has scored some very important goals, including a stoppage-time winner against Real Betis in the Europa League and a late strike in a 2-1 victory against Roma in Serie A.
Since the arrival of Piątek, Cutrone has started just once. It is a sign of things to come, especially considering that Piątek is a big signing and has got off to a cracking start at Milan. Next season, Cutrone will find his opportunities even more limited.
Barça should capitalise on this. Cutrone has almost all the qualities of a good Barça centre-forward, with an impressive range of passing and good finishing. Of course, the young Italian will need to adapt in order to succeed at Barça but he should be able to do that 21 years of age.
AC Milan will find a considerable offer for Cutrone hard to reject, especially with Fabio Borini as existing cover for the centre-forward role. But Barça cannot sign him without a fight, as Serie A clubs Torino and Lazio have already shown interest in him.
Tottenham are also interested in signing Patrick Cutrone. He is going to cost a pretty penny, but judging by his potential, Cutrone will be worth it.