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Are Everton still in for Juventus midfielder?

Repercussions from Steve Walsh’s Italy shopping trip still abound

Juventus  v FC Bayern Muenchen  - UEFA Champions League Round of 16
Stefano Sturaro’s shining moment
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Close to a month after Everton Director of Football Steve Walsh was spotted on a shopping trip to Italy, the Blues continue to be linked with players from Serie A. There have been plenty of names that came out after that visit, but so far none has come to fruition.

One of the players mentioned during that trip was Juventus midfielder Stefano Sturaro. And now his name has come up again in this report from TuttoSport. Of course, we need not mention that the veracity of the rumours are as reliable as shifting sands, so do with that information as you will.

Stefano Sturaro characteristics
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A month ago this move made little sense, and it hasn’t gotten any more reasonable now either. The Blues already have a player very similar to his skill set in James McCarthy, and even if the Blues were to sell the Irishman on to any one of his multiple suitors, why would they get Sturaro when better players like Marcelo Brozovic are available?

Juve manager Massimiliano Allegri likes his role players, and is not shy about substituting them in and out when the Bianconeri play the Italian minnows in the Serie A and Coppa Italia. With that in mind, Everton will have to come up with something in the €10-15 million range for a player that pretty much grows on trees everywhere.

This is likely a pointless rumour and should die a natural death here.