During the summer transfer window, Everton, West Ham and Stoke City were all credited with an interest in Stefano Sturaro.
With just a week of the summer window left, Tuttosport claimed Everton, West Ham and Stoke ‘knock on door’ for the utility player. The Turin newspaper explained that despite Sturaro not having a huge role at Juventus, the club certainly wouldn’t make it easy for him to leave.
The 24 year old midfielder can fill in for several positions, and it’s that versatility which made Juventus so wary about agreeing to a sale for the player, so they closed the shutters and resolved to only sell in the face of a big offer.
That decision now looks to have been a wise one. Juventus are struggling with injuries in several positions, and Gazzetta dello Sport report this is exactly the reason why keeping Sturaro was so important.
The Italian newspaper go as far as saying ‘God Save Sturaro’ and point out an exit in January isn’t something which can be considered, because the player is so important on a squad level.
That versatility and the player’s good attitude is probably why Everton, West Ham and Stoke were interested, but it’s also why he didn’t go anywhere.