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Juventus Closing In On €23m Highly-Rated Croatian Prospect

Croatia's forward Marko Pjaca is pictured before before the friendly football match between Croatia and San Marino in Rijeka, Croatia, on June 4, 2016. / AFP / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Although their bid for Naopli’s Gonzalo Higuaín appears to be dead in the water, Juventus will still be active in the transfer market this week.

They are expected to wrap up a deal for 21-year-old Croatian international Marko Pjaca within the next day or two.

The highly-rated winger, at one point linked with Liverpool, Milan and Inter, said his goodbyes to current side Dinamo Zagreb at the weekend as he prepares his move to the Serie A champions.

Translation (as per ESPN): “I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who gave me a standing ovation when I was substituted, I’m a Zagreb boy who loves Dinamo and I have to admit this applause is one of the most beautiful moments of my career. Thank you all for what you gave to me tonight. It was a moment I will remember forever.

Following that game, Pjaca’s agent claimed that while his client was keen to join Juve (despite a bid also coming in from Milan), a fee was yet to be agreed between the clubs. At the time, they were offering €20m but Dinamo were holding out for €25m.

However, according to Gianluca Di Marzio a compromise of €23m has been found and the transfer can now proceed.

The Italian reporter expects the deal for the winger to be concluded by Thursday, at which point he will join the Bianconeri alongside new signings Dani Alves, Miralem Pjanic and Medhi Benatia.

ZAGREB, CROATIA - JULY 28: Marko Pjaca of FC Dinamo Zagreb in action during the UEFA Champions League Third Qualifying Round 1st Leg match between FC Dinamo Zagreb and FC Molde at Maksimir stadium in Zagreb, Croatia on Tuesday, July 28, 2015. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)

Pjaca has made 90 appearances for Dinamo since signing for the club in a €1m deal in 2014. He has 10 caps for the Croatian national side, and was a included in the 23-man squad for the recent European Championships in France.

He also has Champions League experience, featuring in all 12 of Dinamo’s matches in the competition (including two each against Arsenal and Bayern Munich) last season.

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