Newcastle United attempted to sign Marko Pjaca from Juventus in the January transfer window, as per Corriere Fiorentino, via Sport Witness.
The Magpies signed Miguel Almiron in a club-record January move, paying £20million to secure the signature of the former Atlanta United playmaker.
The club also secured a loan move for AS Monaco’s Antonio Barreca.
But reports in Italy claim that the club were interested in bringing in Pjaca, who is currently on loan at Fiorentina.
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The 23-year-old has struggled for form at Fiorentina, scoring just once and providing one assist – in the same game, a 3-0 victory over SPAL – in a total of 707 minutes on the pitch.
He played just 30 minutes last time out, against Udinese, and was left on the bench against both Sampdoria and Chievo Verona.
The aforementioned report, via Sport Witness, claims that Juventus wanted to send him to a different club in a bid to help him rediscover his form, with Newcastle attempting to get a deal over the line prior to the transfer deadline.
Pjaca, though, chose instead to stay at Fiorentina and fight for his place – the club are currently ninth in Serie A.
Newcastle are getting better in the transfer market.
Rafael Benitez clearly wanted to strengthen his side and the move for Pjaca suggests that there is now a framework in place for the Magpies’ recruitment strategy.
Along with Almiron and Barreca, he could have been improved by the Spaniard at St James’ Park, after a difficult few months in Italy.
It remains to be seen if he will ever make the grade at Juventus, but he may well have made the wrong decision to stay in Florence.
Fiorentina have done nothing for his career thus far this season but a move to England could have linked him up with Benitez, a manager who has a sterling track record of making players better.
Put this one down as a missed opportunity for both parties.