Italian outlet TuttoMercato are reporting that Newcastle will have to pay around £14M if they want to get Juventus central midfielder Stefan Sturaro.
Newcastle are reported to have already bid around €12M (£10.5M), so we are withing £3.5M of meeting the Juventus price for their 4 times capped Italian international.
And with 21-year-old Spanish midfielder Mikel Merino likely to leave the club this summer it becomes essential for Rafa to bring in at least one new central midfielder.
Newcastle have been scouting the Italian for the last year and so if he is a target for Newcastle – which the Chronicle have reported he is – then surely we need to go back in and raise our offer for the midfielder?
25-year-old Juventus central midfielder Stefan Sturaro
Here is a piece from the TuttoMercato article:
“The first offer of Benitez, a real director of the operation, is €12M. Wide scissors (wide of the mark?), because the request is €20M. Possible, however, to be halfway between.”
Halfway between €12M and €20M is €16M which is £14M
Maybe a bid of around £12.5M could clinch the deal, but Newcastle must move some of these transfer discussions forward for their summer targets.
Or else it could turn out to be like last summer when many of the moves for our targets got stuck in the mud – so to speak.
Newcastle are either still interested or else they should move onto other targets if we will not pay the transfer fee.
But it could also be we are getting near to the signing of Stefan Sturaro if only the hierarchy will show some initiative and drive.
There are other clubs interested in the player.
So if it’s true that Rafa wants him at Newcastle, we hope the hierarchy will pay out the money and get Stefan Sturaro to the club as our second signing of the summer.