Chelsea were recently linked with a move for Juventus youngster Stefano Sturaro. The 22-year-old is an upcoming Italian midfield talent who has also attracted the attentions of Crystal Palace and Southampton. A report recently suggested that the Turin club have turned down a £12.7 million bid from Saints for their player.
Player’s agent Carlo Volpi has now confirmed that the interests of Premier League clubs are genuine in his client, but Serie A Champions are not willing to sell their player. He also revealed that Chelsea were interested in the player for a long time, but their interest has recently cooled down following the sacking of Jose Mourinho.
“The rumours coming from England are all true, there are a lot of teams interested in Stefano, especially thanks to the matches Juventus played against Manchester City in the Champions League,” Volpi said to Italian publication Tuttomercatoweb.
“But Juve have turned down all of them, rejecting every approach for the player. €17m? The figures could be more or less true, let’s not forget that in England a second-tier team has economic resources that are extremely higher than those in Italy, for example.
“In Serie A we’ve had interest from six clubs, all intending to ask for him on loan. But in England, there was also Chelsea, but everything fell apart after Mourinho was sacked.
“The Special One followed Stefano’s development with great interest. But Juventus took him off the market. Juve were the first to be intrigued by the growth of the player; they want to see how far he can go.
“Sturaro is totally focused on his work. He wants to show he’s an important player for Juventus, and he’s happy in Turin.”
Sturaro is an Italy U-21 international, and he has scored one goal in 11 Serie A appearances for Juve this season. He also started 4 Champions League group games for Old Lady this season. He signed a five-year contract with Old Lady after completing his move from Genoa in 2014.