There’s a report out today that Newcastle tried to sign Croatia winger Marko Pjaca in the last couple of days of the transfer window last month.
There were various reports after Almiron and Barreca were signed that Newcastle could bring in another two players, but we didn’t.
Newcastle were after 24-year-old Nantes Belgian International winger Anthony Limbombe on loan, but they couldn’t do the deal – so maybe Pjaca was another winger they had been scouting.
The other player we reportedly tried to sing on loan was 29-year-old central midfielder Andreas Samaris from Benfica.
The report is from the local newspaper in Fiorentina Corriere Fiorentino.
23-year-old Juventus left-winger Marko Pjaca
The winger is currently on loan there from Italian giants Juventus whom he signed for back in 2016 on a five-year contract for a €23M transfer fee from top Croatian club Dinamo Zagreb.
The left winger played for all the Croatian youth teams and 23 times for the full National side with one goal.
The Croatian has not been able to get a regular starting position at Fiorentina and Juventus were willing to send him on loan to another club for the rest of the season.
But it appears the player himself was not too keen becasue he wants to fight for his place at Fiorentina.
With Brazilian Kenedy failing to impress this season then the Croatian could be a target of Rafa’s in the summer – if the manager decides to stay on at Newcastle.
And if Pjaca hasn’t had much playing time before the end of the season, maybe Rafa can get him in on a season-long loan with an option to buy in the summer?
Certainly, some of the targets we didn’t get in last month will become targets for the summer and we need to bring in say three or four top players.
That’s so at the very least we are not fighting relegation next season for the third time in a row.
Pjaca played 91 times with 28 goals and 13 assists at Dinmao Zagreb, 20 times with one goal for Juventus, and 20 times with one goal and one asisst at Fiorentina.
What do you think?