August 7, 2018 / 4:56 PM / 9 months ago

Fiorentina sign Croatia winger Pjaca on loan from Juventus

Soccer Football - World Cup - Final - France v Croatia - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - July 15, 2018 Croatia's Marko Pjaca during the warm up before the match REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

(Reuters) - Juventus’ Croatia winger Marko Pjaca has left the Serie A champions to join rivals Fiorentina on a one-year loan for a fee of two million euros ($2.32 million), the clubs said on Tuesday.

Fiorentina have the option to make the 23-year-old’s move permanent for 20 million euros at the end of the season, Juve said in a statement on the Italian stock exchange.

The Croatia international, capped 19 times, played in the World Cup final defeat by France as an 81st minute substitute. He played three matches at the Russia finals, starting against Iceland and coming on versus Nigeria in the group stage.

He joined Juventus in 2016 from Dinamo Zagreb for 23 million euros and spent the second half of last term on loan at Schalke 04, playing seven times and scoring twice in the Bundesliga.

($1 = 0.8625 euros)

Reporting by Silvia Recchimuzzi in Gdynia

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