One of the first clubs to be linked with a move for Juventus winger Marko Pjaca looks set to be the one that secures his services for the next 10 or 12 months.
According to Sky Sport Italia, Juventus and Fiorentina have agreed to a season-long loan deal that will send Pjaca to Florence. Florentina, which have been one of the constant names thrown out there whenever a Pjaca rumor pops its head up out of the grass amidst this insanely unpredictable summer, will reportedly pay €2 million for the initial loan and have a buy option of €20 million to make the transfer permanent a year from now.
Fret not, Pjaca Hive members. Juventus will reportedly have a buyback option because that’s becoming the norm with younger players they’re shipping out this summer. (You know, juuuuuuust in case they develop into something that’s worthwhile.)
Marko Pjaca to Fiorentina on loan with buy options from Juventus: done deal, here we go ✅ #transfers— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 3, 2018
This will be the second time this calendar year that Pjaca will be sent out on loan. The first time around, it was simply a matter of trying to get Pjaca some kind of playing time since there was no buy option for Schalke worked into the deal.
This deal, however, because there’s the actual chance that Pjaca won’t be a Juventus player again, means that there’s no room for him in Turin these days. And that’s not anything new for folks who have paid attention to Juve’s roster building this summer or the last few years. There was always going to be the chance that Pjaca was going to head out somewhere during the summer transfer window. The odds were probably swinging heavily in that direction seeing as one of Juve’s top objectives last summer was to bring in more talent on the wings — which they did with Douglas Costa and Federico Bernardeschi.
So now Pjaca, 18 months out from undergoing major knee surgery, will look to get his career back on track with Fiorentina. For a guy who’s still just 23 years old, there’s still plenty of possible potential for La Viola to tap into as well.