There have been constant reports in the Italian press this summer about the Italian International central midfielder Stefano Sturaro joining Newcastle from Juventus.
In fact, the latest news was that Newcastle have agreed to a €15M fee for the player, but according to the Shields Gazette today that’s all hogwash – sometimes known as rubbish
They are reporting their information is the 25-year-old is not a Rafa Benitez target for this summer.
So why all the news coming out of Italy for the last few months – it’s astonishing.
25-year-old Stefano Sturaro – not a Newcastle target
Well – no it’s not – because this is the silly season – also known as a transfer window in English football.
We suppose Sturaro could have been a target but low down on the list and with Rafa already bringing in Ki Sung-yueng as a free agent – the Italian is no longer wanted.
However, we do expect Rafa to bring in one more central midfielder this summer.
So there you have it – any more stories out of Italy on Sturaro to Newcastle we’ll need to treat with some suspicion and skepticism.
In fact, throughout the summer we are inevitably going to be linked with players we are not after – what’s new?
We should probably try to treat it as a bit of a game and certainly don’t take it too seriously.
There again we’re now assuming the Gazette report is accurate.
Fans will know precisely who Rafa is after when they sign on for Newcastle.
We hope a couple of top players will do that in the next week.