Juventus' transfer frustrations threaten Everton's reported £18.5m Stefano Sturaro deal

Everton's Dutch manager Ronald Koeman gestures during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Everton at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England,...

Everton were reportedly plotting a swoop for Juve squad player Stefano Sturaro but they may have a challenge on their hands.

Stefano Sturaro of Juventus (R) fights for the ball with Emil Krafth of Bologna during the Italian Serie A football match at the 'Renato Dall'ara' stadium in Bologna on May 27, 2017.

Stefano Sturaro may have only been a bit-part player for Juventus last season, starting 11 Serie A games as they seized a sixth straight Scudetto, but that does not mean he is not a valued member of Max Allegri’s squad.

Sturaro is, after all, that most useful of beasts – a jack of many trades. The Italian international has largely been utilised in central midfield under Allegri but has been earmarked as a potential stand-in at full-back when required.

Juve have so far been unable to replace Dani Alves with Portuguese international Joao Cancelo (below) joining Serie A rivals Inter Milan instead and Atalanta refusing to let Leonardo Spinazzola return to Turin halfway through his two-year loan agreement.

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Therefore, the energetic and versatile Sturaro has been tipped to fill in on the right hand side of defence when required in the upcoming campaign. As a result, a summer move that once appeared inevitable may be increasingly unlikely with a week of the transfer window remaining.

And this will come as a blow to Everton, with the report adding that The Toffees were interested in making a late move for the midfielder with three Serie A titles on his CV.

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,...

Tuttosport added that Juve will only listen to offers of around £18.5 million for Sturaro, who is also interesting Crystal Palace.

Everton have spent big reinforcing their midfield but the 24-year-old could complement the attacking additions of Gylfi Sigurdsson and Davy Klaassen by adding a further tenacity and energy in a deeper role.

However, with no new right-backs arriving at Juventus any time soon, Sturaro could be set for an extended stay and a new role.

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