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Report – Deal For Defensive Target Almost Done At €15M

Calciomercato.com are reporting today that negotiations between Juventus and Newcastle are almost complete and the Italian International Stefano Sturaro should soon be arriving on Tyneside – maybe as our third signing of the summer.

The 25-year-old has been reported in the Italian press as saying he is keen to join the Magpies and has been waiting for Newcastle and Juventus to get the deal done.

Juventus initially wanted €18M for their defensive midfielder, but it seems that figure has been negotiated lower to 15M which is about £13.2M.

Italian International Stefano Sturaro – heading to Newcastle

Newcastle now need to finish up agreeing personal terms with the player, but if the reports are accurate, that should be done fairly quickly with the player keen to join the Rafalution on Tyneside.

He would be another good signing for Newcastle as Rafa Benitez seems keen to strengthen Newcastle’s spine.

Stefano would be the second central midfielder brought in following the signing of South Korean captain Ki Sung-yueng last week.

The Manager wants to sign a striker and he has already signed goalkeeper Martin Dubravka from Sparta Prague,

Rafa is keen to get these signings completed, and he seems to be having a positive effect on things since arriving back on Tyneside a week ago.

Comments welcome.


Great to see England finally win a penalty shoot-out (4-3) in the World Cup against Columbia yesterday.
But they made it difficult conceding three minutes into stoppage time after Harry Kane had put us ahead with yet another penalty.
With two penalties remaining in the shoot-out Colombia were ahead 3-2 and only had to convert their remaining two penalties to win the game but they missed them both and we scored both of our ours.
Now we’re up against Sweden on Saturday – win and we’re in the final four!

19 comments so far

  • Ben Afri

    Jul 4, 2018 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #1

    FINALLY!!! Was wondering when my morning fix would come

  • lochinvar

    Jul 4, 2018 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #2

    He’s already in a black and white shirt which is a start

  • JohnJ

    Jul 4, 2018 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #3

    So Season Ticket sales open to Joe Public in a wee while but I note:-

    Simply visit the St. James’ Park box office in person or call 0844 372 1892 (calls cost 7p per minute plus your network access charge).

    How mean is that to charge for calls to renew or buy! 🙁

  • lochinvar

    Jul 4, 2018 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #4

    Well at least The Sun came up with the headline “Hand of Jord” after last nights game.

  • RobLeenio

    Jul 4, 2018 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #5

    Not sure how we can buy this guy and still keep Big Mo and Isaac Hayden happy.

    Would this guy’s arrival see Hayden leave?

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 4, 2018 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #6

    One player I wouldn’t mind is that Mina. Absolute monster CB and good captain too. Liked Poulsen of Denmark too and that Mexican left winger.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jul 4, 2018 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #7

    can anyone name five italians that have came to the premiership and proved value for money . to the best of my knowledge everyone has deceeased in value. pelle the only.one to do alright. even benitez hasnt found a good one. aquillani being amongst the worst. the same is true of non italians who came from seria.a. even pogba hasnt looked anything like the worlds most expensive player. why is this juve reserve going to be any different to the rest?

  • AncientC

    Jul 4, 2018 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #8

    The number 4 shirt will be up for claims if Colback is moving on… surely just a matter of time.

    Hayden is making the transition back to CB. Wenger was right on that one.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jul 4, 2018 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #9

    we are giving mitro away for 20m. plea is 30m and his type of player rarely plays much beyond 28-30. also hes not achieved half as much as a younger mitro who could play on to mid thirties. surely with the striker shortage we can get 30-40m

  • DubaiMicky

    Jul 4, 2018 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #10

    TnMW, agreed but we aren’t going to sell him to anyone else. Deep gulp and say yes.

  • RobLeenio

    Jul 4, 2018 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #11


    Zola, Di Canio, Lombardo, Vialli, Davide Santon and Allessandro Pistone – off the top of my head and two that played for us.

  • Toon4life19

    Jul 4, 2018 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #12

    Really good signing if true!

    Him and Shelvey as our midfield duo could compete with most others in the league i think.

    Bring in:
    Plea – £25 million
    Kenedy – £20 million/loan with obligation of permanent switch
    Loftus Cheek – Loan
    Townsend – £16 million
    Stefano – £13 million

    Goings out:
    Mitro – £20 million
    Merino – £12 million
    Ritchie – £15 million

    Left with a much pacier, well-rounded attack/midfield for not much of a net spend which Ashley will love so deffo doable!

  • hibbit

    Jul 4, 2018 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #13

    The next Mike Williamson
    some real quality on this list that would easily get into our team

    Mario Balotelli won the Premier league with Manchester City in 2012.
    Gabriele Ambrosetti – Chelsea – 1999–2000
    Marco Ambrosio – Chelsea – 2003–04
    Lorenzo Amoruso – Blackburn Rovers – 2003–05
    Alberto Aquilani – Liverpool – 2009–10
    Dino Baggio – Blackburn Rovers – 2003–04
    Francesco Baiano – Derby County – 1997–2000
    Mario Balotelli – Manchester City, Liverpool – 2010–13, 2014–15
    Nicola Berti – Tottenham Hotspur – 1997–99
    Rolando Bianchi – Manchester City – 2007–08
    Patrizio Billio – Crystal Palace – 1997–98
    Ivano Bonetti – Crystal Palace – 1997–98
    Fabio Borini – Chelsea, Liverpool, Sunderland – 2009–10, 2012–17
    Marco Borriello – West Ham United – 2013–14
    Marco Branca – Middlesbrough – 1998–99
    Benito Carbone – Sheffield Wednesday, Aston Villa, Bradford City, Derby County, Middlesbrough – 1996–2002
    Pierluigi Casiraghi – Chelsea – 1998–99
    Bernardo Corradi – Manchester City – 2006–07
    Carlo Cudicini – Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur – 1999–2011
    Daniele Daino – Derby County – 2001–02
    Samuele Dalla Bona – Chelsea – 1999–2002
    Matteo Darmian – Manchester United – 2015–18
    Paolo Di Canio – Sheffield Wednesday, West Ham United, Charlton Athletic – 1997–2004
    Roberto Di Matteo – Chelsea – 1996–2001[b SUI]
    David Di Michele – West Ham United – 2008–09
    Alessandro Diamanti – West Ham United, Watford – 2008–10, 2015–16
    Andrea Dossena – Liverpool, Sunderland – 2008–10, 2013–14
    Emerson – Chelsea – 2017–18[b BRA][c BRA U17]
    Stefano Eranio – Derby County – 1997–2001
    Matteo Ferrari – Everton – 2005–06[b ALG]
    Gianluca Festa – Middlesbrough – 1996–97, 1998–2002
    Manolo Gabbiadini – Southampton – 2016–18
    Emanuele Giaccherini – Sunderland – 2013–15
    Stefano Gioacchini – Coventry City – 1998–99
    Corrado Grabbi – Blackburn Rovers – 2001–04
    Attilio Lombardo – Crystal Palace – 1997–98
    Arturo Lupoli – Arsenal – 2005–06
    Massimo Maccarone – Middlesbrough – 2002–04, 2005–07
    Federico Macheda – Manchester United, Queens Park Rangers – 2008–12
    Roberto Mancini – Leicester City – 2000–01
    Vito Mannone – Arsenal, Sunderland – 2008–10, 2012–17
    Dario Marcolin – Blackburn Rovers – 1998–99
    Marco Materazzi – Everton – 1998–99
    Vincenzo Montella – Fulham – 2006–07
    Antonio Nocerino – West Ham United – 2013–14
    Angelo Ogbonna – West Ham United – 2015–18
    Stefano Okaka – Fulham, Watford – 2009–10, 2016–18
    Dani Osvaldo – Southampton – 2013–15[b ARG]
    Daniele Padelli – Liverpool – 2006–07
    Michele Padovano – Crystal Palace – 1997–98
    Gabriel Paletta – Liverpool – 2006–07[b ARG][c ARG U20]
    Alberto Paloschi – Swansea City – 2015–16
    Christian Panucci – Chelsea – 2000–01
    Graziano Pellè – Southampton – 2014–16
    Alessandro Pistone – Newcastle United, Everton – 1997–2006
    Rodrigo Possebon – Manchester United – 2008–09[b BRA]
    Andrea Ranocchia – Hull City – 2016–17
    Fabrizio Ravanelli – Middlesbrough, Derby County – 1996–97, 2001–02
    Giuseppe Rossi – Manchester United, Newcastle United – 2005–07[b USA]
    Francesco Sanetti – Sheffield Wednesday – 1997–99
    Davide Santon – Newcastle United – 2011–14
    Ezequiel Schelotto – Brighton & Hove Albion – 2017–18[b ARG]
    Matteo Sereni – Ipswich Town – 2001–02
    Andrea Silenzi – Nottingham Forest – 1995–97
    Massimo Taibi – Manchester United – 1999–2000
    Paolo Tramezzani – Tottenham Hotspur – 1998–99
    Marcello Trotta – Fulham – 2011–12
    Nicola Ventola – Crystal Palace – 2004–05
    Gianluca Vialli – Chelsea – 1996–99
    Davide Zappacosta – Chelsea – 2017–18
    Simone Zaza – West Ham United – 2016–17
    Gianfranco Zola – Chelsea – 1996–2003

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jul 4, 2018 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #14

    This makes a lot of sense to get him and Ki it means if there are any injuries or loss of form for Shelvey and Diame we can keep the same standard !

    Also should improve our ball retention as both are good on the ball and keeping it simple Merino was very prone to losing possession which would cause issues for us !

    Can see Hayden being moved into centre back/utility backup therefore replacing Mbemba in the squad internally!

  • RobLeenio

    Jul 4, 2018 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #15

    Ancient C, yes I thought about that – turn him into a ball-playing Centre Half to cover LeJeune. Has he or Rafa actually come out and said that this is the plan for him?

  • wynsleap

    Jul 4, 2018 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #16

    According to all reports Rafa will have around 40-50m to spend plus all money from outgoings.
    Should we sell Mitro for 20m, Mbemba for 8m and Ritchie for 15m this would give us around 80-90m in total.
    This would be enough for Sturaro – 13m, Plea, Kennedy and Townsend – 20m each and approx 10m left for another decent striker.
    If we could offload Gayle, Colback and Sels that would give us ample for a competent right or left full back (or maybe both).
    Add these together with Dubravka and Ki and that would be a helluva good window – and a cracking team to watch with plenty of quality depth when you consider the others like Hayden, Atsu, Murphy, Clark, Manquillo and Darlow etc.
    Come on Toon – it’s not that difficult….. is it?

  • DubaiMicky

    Jul 4, 2018 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #17

    Yohan Kebab has just joined my local team!


    So I have to go watch him with one of my Toon shirts on – don’t I?

  • Ben Afri

    Jul 4, 2018 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #18

    Hibbit LOL Beat me to it. I only had 11.

  • ctommo

    Jul 4, 2018 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #19

    Benito carbone, what a good player he was at the time.

    Micky, we can go down and watch Yohan with shirts, flags, and a few concealed brown ale’s. I loved him as a toon player, the mercenary b***ard


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