Massimiliano Allegri, the Juventus coach, has said that Marko Pjaca will be leaving the Serie A club on loan and Schalke are reportedly the most likely club to take him.
Pjacac, a Croatia attacking midfielder, has suffered from injuries since he joined the club from Dinamo Zagreb in 2016. He has made just 20 appearances for the team and has started in just three Serie A games.
For most of last year he was out of action with a knee injury and Allegri said that it isn’t possible to give the player the regular game time he needs given the other possibilities he has.
Speaking at a news conference in Turin this week Allegri said, “I don’t need any more players, I would just risk getting even more confused. Pjaca is not getting much of a game so he is going to leave on loan so that he will come back to us stronger than before.”
While Pjaca has recovered from his latest injury he is a considerable way down the pecking order behind players such as Miralem Pjanic, Sami Khedira, Blaise Matuidi, Claudio Marchisio, Federico Bernardeschi, Douglas Costa, Juan Cuadrado and Kwadwo Asamoah. As a result, if he were to remain at Juventus it is unlikely that he would have much playing time.
Schalke loaned Benedikt Howedes to Juventus in the summer and they are leading the race to sign Pjaca, ahead of Wolfsburg.
However, Schalke’s sporting director Axel Schuster has refused to confirm that they are close to reaching a deal despite reports that Pjaca was due to the join the club at their training camp earlier in the week.
Speaking to Kicker he said, “We’ve made enquiries about many players, but there are some players we are closer to than others.”