After Leicester reportedly bid £11m for Stefano Sturaro, Newcastle must act fast

Neymar #11 of Barcelona is tripped by Stefano Sturaro #27 of Juventus in the first half during the International Champions Cup 2017  on July 22, 2017 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford,...

Newcastle United must beat Leicester City to the signing of the Juventus ace.

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...

According to Sky Sports Italia, Leicester have submitted an opening offer of £11 million for Juventus star Stefano Sturaro, but their offer falls well short of his £18 million valuation, leaving the door open for Newcastle to swoop in for the Italy international.

The Magpies were linked with a swoop for the 25-year-old midfielder in January, according to the Chronicle, but a move obviously failed to materialise.

Sturaro is a top class performer, and his quality when in possession of the football would certainly help add another layer to the fluidity of Newcastle's play through the middle of the pitch.

Juventus' midfielder from Italy Stefano Sturaro (L) fights for the ball with Tottenham Hotspur's Argentinian midfielder Erik Lamela during the UEFA Champions League round of sixteen first...

With Sky Sports Italia claiming that Sturaro could be available for just £18 million this summer, the Toon have the opportunity to secure themselves a real bargain, and they quite simply have to flex their muscles and beat the Foxes to his signature.

Stefano Sturaro of Juventus celebrates victory at the end of the Serie A match between Torino FC and Juventus at Stadio Olimpico di Torino on February 18, 2018 in Turin, Italy.

Rafa Benitez worked wonders last season, guiding his Magpies side to a 10th placed finish in the Premier League table, but in order to take Newcastle to another level next term, he needs to bring some real quality into St James' Park.

Sturaro possesses the kind of quality to help Newcastle achieve their ambitions, and if Rafa does in fact manage to bring him to Tyneside this summer, it could turn out to be a signing of real significance for the club.

Register for NEWCASTLE UNITED team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch