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Newcastle United offer £12m for Stefano Sturaro – Report

4 years ago
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Newcastle United are reported to have made an official bid for Stefano Sturaro.

The claim has been made by Italian sports journalist Giulia Stronati.

She reports that the Magpies have offered 14m euros (approx £12.4m) plus bonus for the midfielder.

Make of it what you will but that claim of an official bid has coincided with seemingly credible claims of Newcastle United being in talks to sell Matt Ritchie.

The usually very reliable John Percy of The Telegraph has stated that both Stoke and Middlesbrough have already had talks with Newcastle and the asking price if £15m for the winger.

With repeated claims of players needing to be sold in order to help Rafa buy players, the likes of Ritchie wasn’t exactly springing to mind.

As usual though, for some strange reason other clubs appear to be more interested in the players who have some kind of decent form behind them.

Rafa would undoubtedly love to shift Sels, Aarons, Mbemba, Saivet and others, but that is proving easier said than done.

Both Newcastle and West Ham had been linked in recent days with Stefano Sturaro and interesting to see whether there is any substance in this latest claim.

Despite struggling to be a regular for Juventus, that doesn’t necessarily mean he isn’t a decent player.

The 25 year old has made 8, 11, 12 and 7 Serie A starts in his four years at Juventus but in total has made 90 first team appearances in all competitions as sub and starter, including 17 in the Champions League.

Sturaro is also an Italian international with a handful of caps, including playing at the 2016 Euros in France.

If by some chance we did sign the midfielder, don’t expect him to contribute much in the goals and creativity department, only scoring three times in all competitions for Juve plus one assist.

The midfielder is reported to now want regular first team football and Juventus said to be happy to sell and generate funds towards their targets.

With Mikel Merino seemingly set to move to La Liga, it would be logical to think that at least one midfielder will be signed this summer. Diame and Shelvey were very good in the second half of last season but Isaac Hayden didn’t suggest he was capable of playing at the top level on a regular basis.

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