After being heavily linked with him over the weekend, the agent of Juventus midfielder Stefano Sturaro has confirmed that Newcastle are interested in signing him – however it sounds like Wolves and Southampton are too.
The 25-year-old was has been regularly tipped to make the move to England over the last few windows and, with Mikel Merino all set to join Real Sociedad, it has looked as if he may have been identified by Rafa as a potential replacement.
It was claimed over the weekend that he had resisted offers from China in a bid to complete a move to Tyneside (Italian press reckoned we’d offered Juventus £12m plus bonuses), however there’s nothing concrete that’s suggests we’ll match their £17m asking price just yet.
Here’s what his agent Carlo Volpi has had to say when asked about the Italian’s future, admitting that Newcastle aren’t the only team that are after him:
“All offers from China have been refused because of the young age of the player.”
“And the Spanish offers have also faded due to the lack of economic strength, leaving England the first choice for Stefano.”
“Not just Newcastle are interested in him, but other clubs as well.”
“Ah, you know, for sure, Wolverhampton and Southampton have had a little thought..”
Carlo Volpi, #nufc target Stefano Sturaro’s agent, has been quoted saying: “Not just Newcastle on him, but other clubs as well. Who? Ah, you know, for sure, Wolverhampton and Southampton have had a little thought…” – So United may have some competition. [ilbianconero]
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) July 1, 2018
With Ki Sung-Yueng signed it remains to be seen as to whether we’ll look to sign another central midfielder, but this one is a link that just isn’t going away – and there’s often no smoke without fire.