Marko Pjaca
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Marko Pjaca arrives for Juventus medical

July 21, 2016 - 9:28 am

Marko Pjaca has arrived in Turin for his medical and will sign his Juventus contract later today.

The Croatian winger played his last game for Dinamo Zagreb last night, scoring two goals and creating a third in their 3-2 Champions League qualifier against Vardar.

He later posted an emotional farewell to the clubs supporters, declaring ‘I leave the club I love for one of the biggest clubs in the world’.

Pjaca is expected to cost Juventus €23m, paid over two years. A press conference is expected to take place tomorrow where he’ll be presented to the media.


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    Moderator July 21, 2016 at 11:21 am

    Away from all the Pogba nonsense, this deal is one to look forward to. The kid looks a real talent. A diamond in the rough, by all accounts. Lots of managers and players talk highly of his talent.

    A brief overview of his talents:

    Very excited about this. The back line was already a wall, now we have added some more bricks and mortar to it by brining in Benatia. The flanks have some creative flair and experience with Dani Alves in there – The midfield has a player who can play across it in the shape of Pjanic – Now we have some real attacking talent in Pjaca.

    Still a striker to sign, perhaps another midfielder or two, depending on Pogba/Pereyra – After that, all out assault on the CL. No slip-ups. We have the ability to play 3-5-2, 4-3-3 and 4-3-1-2. This will be our year!

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      KPS235 July 21, 2016 at 1:15 pm

      hell yeah Rav

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      thegutterpoet July 21, 2016 at 1:18 pm

      You are spot on, as always, my friend…in terms of suggesting a move away from the Pogba mania, or as the cool kids of mong call him ‘pogba boom’. If he wants t leave, leave, otherwise come out and put these rumours under the ground where they belong…

      It strikes me as odd, that we have signed two players whose names begin with PJ in the same mercato. Yet that could be the fatigue and subsequent giddiness and vodka coming into play after a gruelling 11 hour stint in the corporate trenches.

      Yes yes! Our dealings at both youth and senior level have been thus far, wily and brilliant. We clearly did not sign Pjaca on the basis of his brief efforts at the EUROS, and had been following him for many moons. I am excited by his rare mixture of physical power, confidence on the ball and industry. His pace seems also worth mentioning, which is important given the departures of both our main speed merchants in Cuadrado and Morata, although I remain suspicious of Morata returning as part of the only understandable exit routine of young Pogba boom gloom.

      I have great admiration for the Slavs…Hardy folk who have suffered the loss of a society wherein ethnicity and religion mattered not a jot, and was thriving, to then be crunched horridly by our great pals and overseers the anglo zionist NATO WAR MACHINE…I had found the grit of the serbs and bosnians and croatians always interesting, yet it wasnt until I befriended a Serb, named Siki, when my appraisal of the wars which raged there before the new millienium took a more real and brutal turn….I had so much more to write, though was becoming garbled, and then found collisions on screen with a former flame which can still singe me and a brotherly connection who caused the brilliance of the light in which he was formerly revealed in soul, to become darkened of late…and so I will hope that some of the above makes sense, and perhaps find the chance to smooth out the creases come wakefulness.

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        Moderator July 21, 2016 at 1:41 pm

        Chance after chance to clarify his future, regardless of whether or not he’s negotiating a better deal…..just a few words…..but nothing, which leads me to believe he is off. I was concerned a few days ago – the marketability of the player, the contribution on the pitch…..but if his head is turned by the promise of riches, so be it. I wish him well and we will move on.
        Today we signed Pjaca, the young Brazilian Gabigol may be ever closer, there’s a fine young prospect we signed from benfica in the youth team, plus the promise of 100m + ….we will be fine.

        Agree with you on this signing comrade – he looks such a talent, and i’m sure Mandzukic might have played his part, which makes me even happier with his arrival.

        The exciting part is seeing where he is played- I’d expect Allegri to continue the nurturing of young talent by allowing him to gradually find his way in the team…..and when his promise is assured, unleash him, much like he did Dybala.

        Exciting times ahead !

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          thegutterpoet July 21, 2016 at 10:42 pm

          As I slink over my desk, await the tea to revive my appreciation of wakefulness I will mention that the U19 Azzurri beat England 1-2 in the first semi-final of the European Championships in germany where we will face Portugal or France in the final this coming weekend…Our Romagna, captained the side for the full 90.

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        Jas July 22, 2016 at 1:15 pm

        Speaking as someone who lived in Bosnia during the war, there was only one aggressor. All the bloodshed came from Belgrade, yet to this day they play the victim. The NATO bombings in no shape or form represent any kind of collateral for their actions. Real fear is concentration camps and artillery fire for 3 years straight, watching everyone around you die. Make no mistake, this extermination of people directly came from Belgrade. The reason the republics all fell apart was because the Serbs were obsessed with centralizing power and creating a “greater Serbia”. Hency why half of Bosnia is split up in to two entities, one of them was created with genocide. I don’t hate Serbs or Croats if you are wondering. I dislike those Serbian individuals that continue to sympathize with war criminals.I still don’t understand what drove so much hate towards the muslims and Croats. The croats I guess stems from Jasenica and world war 2 but the bosnian muslims? I guess hate from the ottomon empire? As idiotic as this may sound its mostly true. I still fail to connect the dots as those that lost their lives in the Yugoslav wars had absolutely nothing to do with the ottomon empire or WW2 puppet state Croatia. Yet they continue to sympathize with those who cause so much bloodshed aka Serbian war criminals I will always hold Yugoslavia in high regard and if I had a choice I rather the republics all unify as one as painful as that sounds. It’s an unrealistic concept in today’s world obsessed with capital and private ownership. But there was something so beautiful and mesmerizing about this nation, a bit hard to put in to words. Now we have 6 small independent countries that really have no relevance on the world stage.

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    Dar Black July 21, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    Looks a top talent already.

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    KPS235 July 21, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    if pogba really leave, who would you give #10 guys? i would go for dybala, or if we get some 1 like sanchez.

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      Moderator July 21, 2016 at 1:41 pm

      Dybala – he deserves it.

      Would even be tempted to give it to Principino and let him keep it until he hangs up his boots.

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        KPS235 July 21, 2016 at 1:46 pm

        principino is great with #8 for me.yep dybala deserves it, what a first season at top club.when we signed him i was sceptic like hell, the price tag was really high, never heard of him before, but he paid off 200%

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        DutchJuventus July 21, 2016 at 6:12 pm

        It was offered to Marchisio when Del Piero left but he wanted to keep the number 8.

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      Ola July 21, 2016 at 2:57 pm

      #10 Is too much for Dybala presently

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    Jas July 21, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    I dont think Pogba is leaving, not this season anyway. With all the acquisitions made by Juve, we are stronger than last year and the year before when we made the CL final. We have an overall better team than Man U this year so this move wouldn’t make sense. If they were to offer 120 million I’d take it if I was the board. Now we are an actual C.L contender and I think thi is acknowledged by our peers. Pjaca will come good with the high transfer fee, he is a very versatile player exactly what we need.

    Pogba Pjanic Lemina Pjaca
    Sandro Alves
    Bonucci Chiellni Barzagli

    Darnnn this is a sexy line up.

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      ADP#10 July 21, 2016 at 5:51 pm

      Don’t think either Pjaca or Lemina will be a starter though.

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        Jas July 21, 2016 at 6:11 pm

        I am fairly certain Pjaca will and Lemina will cover Marchisio. Given how much they just paid for Pjaca, I highly doubt he will be a bench player.

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      DutchJuventus July 21, 2016 at 6:11 pm

      Leave out Lemina and we’ll have PPP

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    bogdan July 21, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    Looks like a very good transfer. I think this transfer, indirectly, it’s a slap in the face of Berrardi. I mean, Pjaca seems to play almost the same position as him and they are of similar age and by buying him, looks like we made our plans for the next season with a player of this qualities in our team .I think that by signing this guy we will not pursue Berrardi in the next mercato. I really think that Berrardi is a great player, but it seems he lacks something (the love for Juve or the will to fight with better players- honestly I can’t decide what) and Pjaca seems to not lack the same thing. All things consider, hope that Allegri will find the best position for this guy , and raise a new superstar in our ranks.

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      ADP#10 July 21, 2016 at 5:50 pm

      Agreed. Berardi had a chance to come this season and fight for his place, he decided to stay where he is comfortable. I think by next year, both parties will have moved on.

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        VonKellef July 22, 2016 at 12:54 am

        I agree that he didn’t hop on the train and that his chance may not come again to join Juventus.
        But how much would he really have played if he would have joined us?
        Just look at Zaza making the same trip. He barely played last season.
        Berardi would at least been our 4th choose in the attack,that is if we wouldn’t have signed/will sign another striker.

        Sometimes you have to take a leap pf faith at this case the lad choose to play it safe just as you said. Only time will tell if he made the right decision.

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      KPS235 July 21, 2016 at 6:51 pm

      berardi lacks one very important thing – discipline . he may be talented player with big potential, but, what clever player recieves yellow card every fukn 2 or 3 match???he gotta be an absolute idiot or i dont know

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      Jas July 22, 2016 at 5:37 pm

      This kid is a year younger, playing at a league of lower quality yet he is not afraid to fight for a starting spot. It really puts Berardi to shame, reveals where his mind is really at. I think the buzz over Berardi might be over if he underperforms this year. Really hoping we profit off him though, now with Pjaca we really don’t need Berardi.