A German journalist has claimed that Juventus winger Marko Pjaca is set to make a January loan move to Bundesliga side Schalke. The Croatian striker joined Juventus at the start of the 2016/17 season, but hasn't played since last March after picking up a horror cruciate ligament injury.
Posting on his Twitter page, Bild journalist Marc Siekmann claimed that the injury-plagued forward is close to a half-season loan to Germany, in a deal which wouldn't include a clause allowing the club to purchase Pjaca at the end of the campaign. Siekmann's statement translates as:
Die Anzeichen, dass Marko #Pjaca zu #Schalke wechselt, verdichten sich. Leihe bis zum Sommer ohne Kaufoption, sagen unsere italienischen Kontaktleute. Endgültige Entscheidung soll heute noch fallen. #S04 #S04inSpain— Marc Siekmann (@siekmann_m) January 2, 2018
Juventus will be eager for Pjaca to get back to full fitness, but may be unwilling to risk fielding the player in Serie A when a more reliable option could be acquired. Goal have reported that Juventus' chief executive
The 2017/18 Serie A season has been a fascinating spectacle so far, with Juventus' previously relentless grip on the division showing signs of weakening. Napoli currently lead the division by one point, with Juve sitting tightly behind them in second. The pair are starting to pull away into a two-horse race, but third place Inter and fourth place Roma will look to swiftly narrow the gap.