The agent of Juventus midfielder Stefano Sturaro has revealed that his client was the subject of a transfer bid from Sunderland in the recently concluded transfer window.
The Italy international featured sparingly for the Old Lady last term, making just 19 appearances in all competitions.
And, with 23-year-old’s first-team chances not expected to improve in the current campaign, the likes of Southampton and Sunderland were hoping to convince the player to make the switch to England’s top flight.
However, Southampton did not solidify their interest in the midfielder, while discussions between the Serie A champions and the Black Cats broke down in June.
“Yes, Southampton and Sunderland were interested in Sturaro,” Sturaro’s agent, Carlo Volpi, told Tutto Juve.
“The latter’s manager, David Moyes, is an admirer since his time at Everton but the discussion has stopped in June because there was no basis to enter into negotiations.
“Nothing has ever been taken into account by Juventus.”