Deadline Day in England ended up being a uneventful day for Stefano Sturaro and Juventus. And, as a result, it means that Sturaro is still a Juve player — for now.
According to both Sport Mediaset and Goal’s Romeo Agresti, Juventus and Watford were unable to agree to the final workings of the reported loan deal that would have seen Sturaro head to the English Premier League on the final day of the summer transfer window in England. The basis of the disagreement is that Watford simply wanted a season-long loan deal while Juventus wanted an option to buy — which was reportedly in the €18 million range — worked into the agreement.
It didn’t happen, and Sturaro is still around.
However, as we also heard reported on Wednesday, there was another club trying to sign Sturaro before Watford looked like it would be the Italian midfielder’s destination for the 2018-19 season. And as the deal with Watford collapsed, the talks with Sporting Lisbon has reportedly picked up a little bit of steam again.
Basically, talks between Juventus and Sporting regarding Sturaro have started up once again, with the Portuguese side trying to find some kind of agreement in the coming hours.
So all is not lost, folks.
As of right now, it seems as though Sporting is the only club trying to sign Sturaro, with talks of a return to Genoa not really in the picture. There have also been rumors of Atalanta potentially jumping into the mix and trying to make a run at signing Sturaro, but that chatter has come and gone without much of a follow-up wave of rumors.
With Serie A’s summer transfer window ending a few weeks earlier this year compared to 12 months ago, the time that Juve have to unload Sturaro isn’t as plentiful now. But if the last few days are any kind of indication, the fact that everything is pointing to Sturaro leaving this summer should tell you all you need to know about his future in Turin.