Report: Leicester lodge £11m bid for Juventus midfielder Stefano Sturaro

Stefano Sturaro of Juventus during the serie A match between FC Crotone and Juventus at Stadio Comunale Ezio Scida on April 18, 2018 in Crotone, Italy.

Leicester City have reportedly made an official bid to sign Juventus midfielder Stefano Sturaro.

Sassuolo's Spanish defender Pol Lirola (L) fights for the ball with Juventus' midfielder Stefano Sturaro (R) during the Italian Serie A football match between Juventus and Sassuolo on...

As reported by Italian journalist and transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio, Leicester City have launched a €13 million bid to sign Juventus midfielder Stefano Sturaro.

Claude Puel is already getting to work ahead of the new season, and has identified the Italian international as someone who could come in and challenge his existing midfield players.

The Foxes currently have Wilfried Ndidi, Andre Silva and Vicente Iborra as their main three options, with Daniel Amartey primarily used as a defender and Andy King having spent the second half of last season on loan at Swansea City.

Sporting's Argentinian defender Jonathan Silva (L) vies with Juventus' midfielder from Italy Stefano Sturaro during the UEFA Champions League Group D football match Juventus vs Sporting CP...

Sturaro has been with Juventus since 2014 after signing from Genoa for an initial €5.5 million, but has never really forced his way into the starting line up and stayed there.

Last season the 25-year-old made just seven starts in Serie A and five appearances off the bench, and Di Marzio reports that Leicester are ready to offer him an escape route, and a better chance of regular first team football.

Juventus want closer to €20 million, but would do well to fetch that sum for a player who made 19 appearances across all competitions.

Claude Puel, Leicester City Manager looks on during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City at Wembley Stadium on May 13, 2018 in London, England.

He may not be a regular at Juve, but Sturaro is still a capable midfielder who is effective at shielding the defence and making important tackles in the first third.

By signing Sturaro and playing him alongside Ndidi, Leicester could really address their defensive issues of last season, with right-back Ricardo Pereira having already agreed to come to the King Power Stadium from Porto.

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