He has been at the Gelsenkirchen side side ever since he was an… elementary school kid, but it looks like his days there are numbered.
Benedikt Howedes, 29, a player we have gotten used to seeing playing for Schalke since… ever, is one step away from joining Juventus, according to his agent.
Juve want it, Benedikt Howedes wants it, we have an agreement in principle. Schalke now also must want it
Volker Struth told Bild, revealing that the player has already agreed personal terms with the Serie A champions.
Howedes had been Schalke’s captain, but new coach Domenico Tedesco has… shaken things up at the club, taking the armband away from the Germany international, and leaving him on the bench in their 2-0 win over Leipzig last weekend, on the opening day of the new Bundesliga season.
Giuseppe Marotta, Juventus’ director, was asked about Howedes, and his reply was that the prospect of seeing him wear Juve’s jerseys is ‘more than hypothetical’.
Christian Heidel seems to disagree, with the Schalke official saying
Mr Marotta did not speak with anyone here. If he wants to talk about Benedikt with me, that would be the legitimate approach. Howedes was at Inter yesterday, it’s Juve today, and maybe it’s Liverpool tomorrow.
Still, Howedes agent’s words have to be taken seriously, and news on his move to Juventus should be expected the next week, as the transfer window is coming to a close.