Report: Crystal Palace target Juventus' Stefano Sturaro, 12 months after £8.8m bid

Frank de Boer, Manager of Crytal Palace looks on prior to the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Huddersfield Town at Selhurst Park on August 12, 2017 in London, England.

Juve blocked Crystal Palace's attempts to land Stefano Sturaro last summer but it may be a different story this time around.

Stefano Sturaro was linked with a move to the Premier League regularly last summer and it appears that, this time around, the transfer may actually happen.

The Italian international, a regular at Euro 2016, barely featured for the Turin giants last season as they sealed a sixth straight Scudetto, managing a grand total of 11 Serie A starts.

Stefano Sturaro of Italy (R) and Mesut Ozil of Germany compete for the ball during the UEFA Euro 2016 quarter final match between Germany and Italy at Stade Matmut Atlantique on July 2,...

And it appears that he’s suffering from being good, but possibly just not good enough for a team blessed with quality options in the centre of the park, including Claudio Marchisio, Miralem Pjanic and Sami Khedira.

Therefore, it’s no surprise that Tuttomercatoweb is reporting that Sturaro is facing an uncertain future under Max Allegri, with Serie A rivals Fiorentina keen as well as Premier League outfit Crystal Palace.

Palace boss Frank de Boer has made clear that he wants more signings before the end of the transfer window with former Ajax defender Jairo Riedewald the only new, permanent addition to The Eagles’ squad this summer.

And Sturaro, an energetic midfielder renowned for his crisp and tidy passing, could help ease the transition from the direct style employed by Sam Allardyce to de Boer’s typically Dutch, possession-based philosophy.

Gianluigi Buffon (L) and Stefano Sturaro of Juventus FC celebrate with the trophy after the beating FC Crotone 3-0 to win the Serie A Championships at the end of the Serie A match between...

Palace made an attempt to sign Sturaro last summer, as reported by The Mirror, with former manager Alan Pardew a big fan of the three-time Serie A champion.

The report adds that Palace had a bid of £8.8 million rejected by Juve but, 12 months on, it appears the Italian giants will be more receptive to an offer from Selhurst Park.

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