At the end of last week, Stefano Sturaro moving to Newcastle United seemed increasingly likely.
Whereas once the player had been linked with a string of English clubs, including West Ham, Leicester City and Southampton, the majority of the reports were only mentioning the Magpies.
Multiple Italian sources backed up Newcastle closing in on the Juventus player, and it was stated they’d offered €14m plus bonuses, with the Turin club coming down to a €18m asking price from €20m.
Now the player’s agent has spoken and it’s good and bad news. Carlo Volpi has ruled out a move to China, and pretty much done the same for Spanish clubs.
Speaking to Sport Italia (via Ilbianconero), Volpi said: “Not just Newcastle on him, but other clubs as well. “Who? Ah, you know, for sure, Wolverhampton and Southampton have had a little thought…”
Bringing Wolves into the scenario is interesting as they’re not one of the clubs who have been most linked with Sturaro. They are, however, linked with many players in Italy and it may be there are agents at work trying to build deals for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side.
Should Newcastle be as far along as had been reported then talking about Wolves and Southampton interest could be a nudge from Volpi to speed the club up.