Pjaca likely to leave Juventus next summer

first_imgMarko Pjaca is set to remain at Fiorentina before a likely departure from Juventus next summer, Goal understands.Pjaca joined Fiorentina on a season-long loan in August with Juve receiving €2 million (£1.8m/$2.3m) as a result.Fiorentina have the option to make the move permanent for €20m (£18m/$23m) next summer but a deal remains in doubt with Pjaca failing to impress in Florence so far. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Pjaca has disappointed the Viola faithful, recording just one goal and one assist in 11 appearances to date, but the Croatia ace is unlikely to cut short his loan from Juve.Fiorentina will decide whether to keep Pjaca at the end of the season but it would take a big upturn in form in the second half of the campaign for them to do so.The player’s future at Juve also remains unclear and it appears likely that he will leave the Bianconeri, regardless of whether Fiorentina decide to sign him permanently.Juve are spoilt for choice in the final third with Cristiano Ronaldo, Mario Mandzukic, Paulo Dybala, Federico Bernardeschi, Juan Cuadrado and Douglas Costa among their many options.Pjaca moved to the Serie A giants from Dinamo Zagreb for €23m (£21m/$26m) after impressing for Croatia at the Euro 2016.The 23-year-old helped Juve secure a league and cup double in 2016-17, making 20 appearances and scoring one goal, before moving to Schalke on loan in the following season.He scored twice in nine appearances to help Schalke finish second in the Bundesliga and qualify for the Champions League in 2017-18.Pjaca’s loan stint at Fiorentina has not caught fire as of yet but the forward could turn things around – starting against parent club Juve on Saturday.Fiorentina are currently 10th in Serie A and 19 points behind league leaders and rivals Juve ahead of the match at Stadio Artemio Franchi.Juve’s trip to Fiorentina kicks off a tough run of games for Massimiliano Allegri’s men as they go in search of a treble this season.They face Inter at home after Fiorentina before trips to Young Boys in the Champions League and Turin rivals Torino in Serie A.And then Allegri’s men tackle Roma, Atalanta and Sampdoria as they finish off the festive period and round off 2018.last_img read more

J. League jump gun on Torres deal

first_imgTransfers J. League apologises for jumping the gun on Torres transfer story Dom Farrell 01:53 5/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Fernando Torres - cropped Getty Images Transfers Sagan Tosu Atlético Madrid Primera División J1 League The Spanish striker appeared to have signed for Sagan Tosu but the Japanese top flight has confirmed a move announcement was made in error Andres Iniesta might be set to grace the J.League but former Spain team-mate Fernando Torres will not be joining him – just yet.Following Barcelona great Iniesta completing his surprise switch to Vissel Kobe last week, Torres has been linked with a move to Sagan Tosu in Japan’s top flight.On Wednesday, the J. League published a story on its official website announcing the 34-year-old striker had signed for struggling Sagan – the club lie second bottom in the table after 15 matches this season – only to swiftly take the article down and publish an apology. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “Today on the official website of the J.League, a page containing incorrect information regarding a player joining Sagan Tosu was made viewable,” a statement read.”Our sincere apologies go to the Sagan Tosu club, everybody involved with the club, fans and supporters for any inconvenience this may have caused.”We are currently investigating what caused this error and we will do our very best to prevent this from happening again.”Torres bade an emotional farewell to Atletico Madrid on the final day of La Liga this season, scoring his 128th and 129th goals for his boyhood club in a 2-2 draw against Eibar.That outing came a few days after the World Cup winner secured a first major honour with the Rojiblancos as they saw off Marseille 3-0 in the Europa League final.last_img read more