Everton are in the hunt to sign Juventus midfielder Stefano Sturaro but have been told the player is not for sale.
Sturaro has struggled to fight his way into Juve's midfield, which is nothing to be ashamed of considering the wealth of talent they have battling for positions, and a move away has been suggested.
Sturaro’s agent Carlo Volpi has now confirmed that a number of clubs, including the Toffees, are showing an interest, but Juve still see him as a vital squad player and do not want to let him go.
“In Italy, 80 per cent of clubs want him, some more insistently than others," he said. "Abroad, Valencia and Everton are the sides that principally want him. Stefano’s situation is clear: Juve won’t let him go, because he’s a player the Bianconeri need.
“Naturally, we are pleased at interest from Italy and abroad with so many clubs calling us, but the directors are saying no to everybody.
“We know that anything can happen on the transfer market, but Juventus were clear with everybody. Massimiliano Allegri has always asked for Sturaro to stay in the squad.”
Sam Allardyce is keen to bolster his midfield after selling Ross Barkley to Chelsea, but it looks as though he will have to turn his attentions elsewhere.