Date: 28th June 2018 at 3:42pm
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Newcastle United have made a bid for Juventus midfielder Stefano Sturaro, according to a report.

Trusted Sportitalia journalist Giulia Stronati, who works for SportItalia, has revealed that Newcastle have put in a bid of £12.4million plus bonuses for the Italian international.

The 25-year-old has not been able to cement a regular place in the Juventus first-team since he joined the club from Genoa in 2014, making just 90 appearances in a four-year stint at the club.

The central midfielder, who can also play in multiple positions, has won the Serie A league title in every season that he’s been at the Allianz Stadium.

Football Insider verdict:

This transfer looks good on the face of it. Stefano Sturaro is an Italian international, multiple Serie A winner and has been at Juventus for four years. The fee also looks low in comparison to some of the other fees that have been floating around in this transfer window. However, Sturaro simply isn’t that good a midfield player. He’s a very hard-working, passionate and tactically versatile player, but he lacks the technical quality you need to be a good central midfielder. He is more of a stop-gap option, a player who you would squeeze into a team to cover for an injured player or someone who’s solid and who you could trust in the final minutes to see out a game. Why do you think he only made 12 appearances in Serie A last season? If he was a good player he would have made a lot more appearances than that. It’s a low fee, but for a reason, so don’t get too excited Newcastle fans.

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