According to Calciomercato, Juventus midfielder Stefano Sturaro is on the verge of completing a move to Newcastle United.
Sturaro has been strongly linked with a move away from Juventus in recent weeks, with West Ham United amongst the clubs believed to be interested.
Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez is still unsure what type of budget he will have to spend this summer, but there is no question that the club need to boost their midfield options.
Mikel Merino continues to be linked with a move away from St James’ Park, and it might well be that Sturaro replaces the Spaniard in the Newcastle squad.
Sturaro has won four Serie A titles and four Coppa Italia crowns during his time at Juventus, but has largely struggled to hold down a regular spot in the team.
The 25-year-old made 19 appearances in all competitions for Juventus last term, but just 12 of those came in Serie A.
The four-time Italy international is at the stage of his career where he needs regular football, and a move to the Premier League would suit the midfielder’s style of play.
Indeed, a player known for his defensive work, Sturaro is also neat and tidy on the ball, and would complement Jonjo Shelvey in the middle of the Newcastle midfield.
According to Calciomercato, the deal could go through for a figure in the region of £13.2m, and Sturaro could turn out to be a very smart signing for the Magpies.
That said, it is imperative that Benitez is given more cash to spend this summer as Newcastle look to boost their squad ahead of the 2018-19 campaign.