Juventus has signed the defender Benedikt Howedes from Schalke on a one year loan with a view to a permanent transfer.
Howedes is leaving Schalke as one of the longest-serving players in the Bundesliga, he joined the club from SG Herton-Langenbochum as a 13 year old in 2001.
Many expected Howedes to remain at Schalke until the end of his career after he signed a contract extension through to 2020 last year, however, he fell down the team’s pecking order when the new coach Domenico Tedesco took over.
Just a few weeks ago Tedesco, who is a graduate of Hoffenheim’s coaching academy, took the captain’s armband away from Howedes and put him on the bench for the first games of the Bundesliga season.
There was some interest in Howedes from English teams but the player had his heart set on a move to Juventus where he will be taking Leonardo Bonucci’s place after he moved to AC Milan.
Sami Khedira, the Juventus midfielder and Howedes’ German teammate, said, “Howedes is a leader and always gives it his all. He can become important for us. Benny is a versatile player, which makes it easier for our system.”
Meanwhile Juventus general manager Beppe Marotta has said that his club are “at the window” waiting to see if Emre Can signs a contract extension with Liverpool as they look to secure another high-profile player on a free transfer next summer.
Can’s contract with Liverpool expires next summer and Juventus are willing to offer him terms beyond then if he turns down a new deal at Liverpool.
Marotta said, “Emre Can is a great player. I don’t know if he will extend his contract with Liverpool, but we are at the window, watching what happens.”