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Juventus Want to Add Sturaro to the Pjaca Deal

Fiorentina’s attempts to sign Marko Pjaca may have borne unlikely fruit

FC Crotone v Juventus - Serie A Photo by Maurizio Lagana/Getty Images

As anyone who’s paid even the slightest attention to the Italian rumour mill this Summer could tell you, Fiorentina Director of Sport Pantaleo Corvino wants Marko Pjaca.

Over the last six weeks it has been reported that la Viola have an agreement with the player, that Sampdoria have an agreement with Juventus, and that every other club in continental Europe might be looking to hijack the deal, yet still Pjaca remains a Juventus player.

The issue is believed to be that whilst the Croatian winger has his heart set on a move to Florence, the two clubs cannot find a mutually agreeable deal. Corvino has offered a year-long loan with the option to buy believed to be set somewhere around the €25,000,000 mark, whereas Juventus have consistently refused to agree to anything other than an immediate sale with a buy back clause.

However it has emerged in the last twenty-four hours that following reaffirmation from the player’s agent that he will only leave for Fiorentina, Juventus are willing to deal on Corvino’s terms, if he agrees buy Stefano Sturaro.

With the Piedmontese club’s transfer record massively in the red, it seems that they were hoping to recoup a chunk of their spendings by offloading Pjaca (as well as keeping the door open should he excel in Florence), and now that looks unlikely they’re hoping to force an enamoured Corvino into a consolation deal.

Sturaro joined Juventus in 2014 from Genoa, and though he’s never cemented himself in the first team plans in Turin, he has made a respectable 90 appearances in all competitions for the Serie A champions, and earned himself a handful of appearances for the Italian national team.

Whilst a predominantly defensive-minded workhorse who struggles to create chances isn’t likely to be too high on the priority list for a team that already had Bryan Dabo and just added Christian Nørgaard, the club does only have four centre mids who’re likely to still be in Tuscany when the season starts. As deal sweeteners go, this one’s not so bad. At worst it’s another option for Head Coach Stefano Pioli, and should Nørgaard struggle to adapt to Italian football it may even look like shrewd business in 12 months time.

Juventus’ valuation of Sturaro is as of yet unknown, but should i Bianconeri be willing to accept a fee within the range of €6,000,000 for Sturaro, it’s not unthinkable that Corvino will open his chequebook.

Adding another okay option to the midfield pool may not be the most exciting move, but if it gets Corvino his man in Pjaca, we may see Sturaro in a purple shirt by the time the season begins.