Stefano Sturaro was sent on loan to Sporting in Portugal back in the middle of August. Because of injury, Sturaro stayed back in Turin as he continued his rehabilitation process and never actually got to Portugal. (This was all part of the deal, don’t worry.) But as it turned out, Sturaro never actually appeared in a game for Sporting, and based off of that a different loan deal seemed pretty certain as the days went on.
That has happened. And so has the continued working relationship between the only two Serie A clubs that Sturaro has played for.
Juventus and Genoa announced on Thursday what we’ve know for days — Sturaro is heading back to the Marassi on loan for the rest of the 2018-19 season. Sturaro, who turns 26 years old in March, was signed by Juventus from Genoa 4 1⁄2 years ago when he was a 21-year-old youngster who was actually getting hyped as a prospect for the future. But as time has gone on, Sturaro proved to be nothing more than a reserved-quality player at a club like Juventus that has grown in quality over the course of his time in black and white.
The official details of the deal, courtesy of juventus.com:
Turin, 24 January 2019 - Juventus Football Club S.p.A. announces that the agreement with Sporting Clube de Portugal – Futebol SAD for the temporary free transfer of the player Stefano Sturaro has been terminated and, at the same, the agreement with Genoa Cricket & Football Club S.p.A. for the loan, until 30 June 2019, of the registration rights of the player has been finalized for a consideration of € 1.5 million to be paid in 2018/2019 financial year.
Furthermore, Genoa will be obliged to definitively acquire the player for a consideration of € 8.5 million, to be paid in the following three financial years, if the club will achieve given sport results in the course of the 2018/2019 financial year. The permanent transfer fee may increase of further € 8 million on achieving given conditions in the course of the duration of the contract.
What those conditions are, we shall obviously wait and see on that. (Although, based on how this season has gone up to this point, I would have a hunch that Genoa not getting relegated to Serie B — which is a possibility at this point — might as well be one of them.)
No matter what, though, we’ll always have that deflection on James that one time in the Champions League, Stefano. So there’s that.