Juventus sell Can to Dortmund and loan Pjaca to Anderlecht

Emre Can’s time in Turin is over as Juventus agreed to sell him to Borussia Dortmund, 18 months after signing him for free from Liverpool. The formula for the transfer is a €1M season-long loan with a €25M conditioned obligation to buy. Despite a slow adaptation and a thyroid issue, he notched 29 appearances in 2018/2019, scoring four times. He was severely hurt by the coaching chance, since he gave his best performances as centre-back in a three-man defence, and he never recovered mentally from being excluded from the Champions League list in January and then went on to play just nine times, starting just twice and logging a total of 279 ineffective minutes, expressing frustration publicly in a couple of occasions.

At Borussia Dortmund, he will have a better shot of defending his spot in Germany’s Euro 2020 roster. The Bianconeri, who should have Sami Khedira back from injury fairly soon, decided not to replace him with a new player, considering the limited playing time he had seen so far and that Adrien Rabiot and Aaron Ramsey have shown better lately.

Marko Pjaca will instead try to get his career back on track in Belgium as, after the proposed move to Cagliari fell through, he has joined Anderlecht on a season-long loan with the option of prolonging it for another year. His previous spell at Schalke and Fiorentina, the second interrupted by another major knee injury, have not gone particularly well.

An operation that instead will not materialize is the swap deal with PSG involving Mattia De Sciglio and Layvin Kruzawa. The director of the French team Leonardo commented on it today: “We had reached a deal but then the deal stalled since Juventus had second thoughts. We are happy to keep him, he played a lot and that means that he has a place in this squad.”

Like in every other session, the management also modified the U-23 squad: the most meaningful moves were the departure of Dany Mota Carvalho, who was acquired by Serie B-bound Monza, and the acquisition of Alejandro Marques from Barcelona B for €8M. In a corresponding move, Matheus Pereira, who spent the first half of the season at Bordeaux, joined the Blaugrana.

The Old Lady also brought in young left-back Wesley Gasolina from Verona, veteran striker Ettore Marchi from Monza, forwards Matteo Brunori from Pescara and Giacomo Vrioni from Sampdoria, who played in Serie B till January, and attacking midfielder Ferdinando Del Sole from Juve Stabia, whose loan spell was cut short. For the Primavera team, instead, they signed touted prospect Enzo Barranechea from Sion, an 18-year-old Argentinian central midfielder.

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