After announcing two key arrivals in the form of Antonio Rudiger and Aurelien Tchouameni, Real Madrid now look to make progress on the departures front. Of the many names on the exit list, Luka Jovic finds himself on the top of it.
According to reports from Fabrizio Romano, Fiorentina are close to signing the player from Real Madrid. The deal would be in the form of a loan with his €6 million salary shared between the two clubs.
Only the final details remain to be completed before the official announcement. The player could be in Florence as early as next week to undergo his medical tests and sign his new contract.
Since his arrival from Eintracht Frankfurt in 2019, the Serbian has struggled to recreate his Bundesliga heroics. In three La Liga seasons, he has found the back of the net only thrice.
The player was brought in by Zinedine Zidane, who did not give him a fair run in the team, and the trend continued under Carlo Ancelotti.
As it stands, the Serbian’s contract with Real Madrid is until 2025. Given that there are three years left on his deal, it will be difficult for the club to part ways with him.
There has been no talk of a purchase option in the deal with Fiorentina, meaning that Jovic will return to the Bernabeu after a season. However, Los Blancos will hope that he produces some eye-catching performances in Italy that cause his market value to surge before he returns.
It remains to be seen if there is any loan fee involved in Jovic’s move this summer. Nevertheless, the space created on the wage bill will be valuable to accommodate any upcoming arrivals.
Brahim, Tchouameni start in a 4-3-1-2: How Real Madrid could lineup against Sevilla
Real Madrid are set to play hosts to Sevilla this evening, in what could prove to be a critical match in the context of the title race.
Although Los Blancos hold a formidable lead at the top of the table, the club are coming on the back of a disappointing result against Rayo Vallecano.
Dropping more points against Sevilla tonight could prove to be costly, especially with Barcelona and Girona breathing down their necks.
Potential Real Madrid lineup vs Sevilla
As Real Madrid approach this crucial game, coach Carlo Ancelotti has to make several arrangements, especially with so many players ruled out either due to injury or suspension.
Starting from the goalkeeper position, Thibaut Courtois remains out, which means Andriy Lunin should continue in between the sticks, ahead of the unhappy Kepa Arrizabalaga.
In the right-back position, Ancelotti is likely to opt for Lucas Vazquez, as Dani Carvajal is suspended after picking up two yellow cards in the last game.
On a bright note, though, Antonio Rudiger is back and should return to central defence. He will be accompanied by Nacho Fernandez at the heart of Real Madrid’s four-man backline.
Elsewhere in defence, Ferland Mendy should continue to start ahead of Fran Garcia in the left-back position.
Moving into midfield, Eduardo Camavinga has been ruled out due to suspension. However, Ancelotti does have a myriad of options in the middle of the park.
Aurelien Tchouameni should continue to operate in the number six position, just behind the two interior midfielders Toni Kroos and Federico Valverde.
Luka Modric is an option on the bench, should Ancelotti require more experience in the middle.
As for the attack, the Real Madrid frontline should be led by Brahim Diaz once again, even though he faces fierce competition from Joselu.
Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo, on the other hand, are guaranteed choices in the wide attacking spaces, though Ancelotti does have Arda Guler and Alvaro Rodriguez as potential alternatives.