Blues were in the mix to sign Juventus midfielder until Jose Mourinho was sacked
Chelsea were set to sign Juventus midfielder Stefano Sturaro up until they decided to sack Jose Mourinho, the player’s agent has revealed.
The Premier League champions decided to part ways with their manager in December following a horrific start to the 2015/2016 campaign, and according to Sturaro‘s agent, that ended all hope of a transfer.
The 22-year-old has been linked with a move away from the Serie A champions, and according to his agent, Carlo Volpi, Chelsea were thought to be interested, but it died down after Mourinho lost his job.
Agent Reveals Breakdown
“The rumours coming from England are all true, there are a lot of teams interested in Stefano, especially thanks to the matches Juventus played against Manchester City in the Champions League,” Volpi told Italian outlet Tuttomercatoweb.
“But Juve have turned down all of them, rejecting every approach for the player.
“£12.7million? The figures could be more or less true, let’s not forget that in England a second-tier team has economic resources that are extremely higher than those in Italy, for example.
“In Serie A we’ve had interest from six clubs, all intending to ask for him on loan. But in England there was also Chelsea, but everything fell apart after Mourinho was sacked.
“The Special One followed Stefano’s development with great interest. But Juventus took him off the market.
“Juve were the first to be intrigued by the growth of the player, they want to see how far he can go.
“Sturaro is totally focused on his work. He wants to show he’s an important player for Juventus and he’s happy in Turin.”
Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt