The Southampton fans in and around the Transfer Tavern are still massively relieved that their side managed to scrape safety in the top flight after so long it looked like they were certain for the drop.
Mark Hughes was brought in to keep them in the league and that’s exactly what he did, so now he must be trusted with a bigger summer budget to improve his team in order to try and get Southampton back to at least the top 10 in the Premier League. His transfer proceedings could kick-off with the capture of Juventus midfielder Stefano Sturaro, who is valued at £8.1 million on Transfermarkt.
The 25-year-old is seen as a rotational player with the Italian giants but after 19 appearances this season, that suggests he could be good enough for a side like Southampton to try and acquire. It’s well known that the Saints had problems all over the pitch last season so strengthening the core of their team would be a good way to start the transfer window. Indeed, the Italian can play as a defensive midfielder, attacking or just the standard central-midfield role, with good attributes to complement him in each role.
A player like him would not be at a club like Juventus if he didn’t have talent, therefore Southampton will have to try hard to persuade him to England, going from title-winners to relegation-battlers. Stefano Sturaro could play a pivotal part in transforming the Saints’ fortunes next season should he join, with his hard work on the pitch as well as his defensive contributions working well for him.
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