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Wolves wise to turn down opportunity to sign Sturaro on deadline day

Wolves wise to turn down opportunity to sign Sturaro on deadline day

Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo would have been delighted with the players the club managed to get through the door during the transfer window. 

Rui Patricio, Joao Moutinho and Raul Jimenez are just a few names to arrive at Molineux this summer, and the trio and the rest of Wolves signings could have easily been joined by more.

The Breakdown

It was widely reported by publications such as the Daily Mail that a deal for Manchester City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko was in the works, only for the Ukrainian to turn down a move on deadline day.

But, as well as Zinchenko, according to the Birmingham Mail, Juventus’ Stefano Sturaro was also a player who could have joined Wolves on the final day of the transfer window.

However, Wolves turned down the chance to sign the 25-year-old, who is now on loan for the season at Sporting Lisbon, for £18m and the newly-promoted side made the right decision in doing so.

In Ruben Neves and Moutinho, Wolves have two superior midfielders to Sturaro, so spending £18m on him for cover is unnecessary — especially with Leander Dendoncker having also been brought in.

And, from Sturaro’s perspective, it would have been a move that made little sense as well.

The £6.7m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Italian left Juventus due to a lack of game time with manager Max Allegri ranking Miralem Pjanic, Sami Khedira, Blaise Matuidi, Claudio Marchisio, Rodrigo Bentancur and new signing Emre Can all above him in the pecking order.

At Wolves, with Neves and Moutinho expected to be Nuno’s midfield pair for the season, Sturaro’s desire for more first-team minutes just would not have been met.

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