Reports: Liverpool favourites to sign Marko Pjaca following £12 million bid
Pjaca was part of the Croatia team at Euro 2016.
Liverpool have opened negotiations with Dinamo Zagreb over a £12 million deal to sign highly rated midfield star Marko Pjaca, according to reports from Gazzetta dello Sport. Manager Jurgen Klopp has been in talks with several stars to kick-start his summer transfer plans, but there have been plenty of rejections thus far including Mario Gotze’s decision to stay at Allianz Arena this summer.
That has seen Liverpool turn towards the Croatian starlet Pjaca, who has made quite a reputation for himself in last 12 months. The 21-year-old is seen as a cross between countrymen Luke Modric and Ivan Perisic, where Pjaca excels with ball at his feet and can take players on for fun.
According to Gazzetta, Liverpool have made an official £12million bid which was initially turned down by Zagreb but The Reds are increasingly confident to sign Pjaca before the start of 2016/17 Premier League season.
Liverpool, however, do have competition from the Serie A giants AC Milan, Inter Milan and AS Roma, who have been credited with an interest in the gifted Croatian winger as well. As things stand, Liverpool lead the race for his signature and are expected to speed up the transfer following Croatia’s Euro 2016 exit.
Pjaca came on late in the second half to try and change the game locked at 0-0 and during the brief spell, we could see why he is linked with all the top teams in Europe. His playing style is direct and he is never afraid to take on players even in the tightest of positions.
Will Pjaca be a good fit for Liverpool?
Given his age and profile, Marko Pjaca will be an ideal Liverpool sign£ing in the new era of Jurgen Klopp. The German manager likes to field young and energetic players in his starting XI who can press throughout the 90 minutes.
At present, Adam Lallana and Roberto Firmino are the only recognized and consistent wide players at Anfield and if Pjaca can be signed, Liverpool will have a great blend of youth and experience to their squad going into a difficult season.
Pjaca has an eye for goal as well after managing 26 goals in 90 appearances for Dinamo Zagreb in recent seasons. On paper, Pjaca seems like an ideal signing, now it is down to Liverpool to agree a deal for the crafty winger.