When Luka Jovic signed for Real Madrid in 2019, he was thought to be the next big striker in Los Blancos’ history. The Eintracht Frankfurt forward scored 27 goals in his last season at the club and garnered a €60 million price tag with his formidable numbers.
However, things went downhill for the Serbian since his move to Spain. In his first season at the club, he only scored two goals and provided one assist. In 2020-21, he failed to produce any goal contributions before being loaned back to Eintracht Frankfurt for the second half of the season.
This season, Jovic has played in 13 games and managed only one goal and two assists. Carlo Ancelotti does not trust the Serbian. He is ‘fed up’ of his situation, and wants to move in the summer.
According to reports from MARCA, several clubs from the European top flight have expressed their interest in the 24-year-old.
Arsenal and Everton from the Premier League are two of the interested parties and wish to snap him up in the summer. From Italy, AC Milan have emerged as a strong possibility too.
Moreover, Jovic has also been identified by Borussia Dortmund as a backup option if the deal for Karim Adeyemi breaks down.
Real Madrid are said to be open to the idea of loaning the player with a purchase clause attached. The fee they are looking for is said to be around the €20 million ballpark.
Looking ahead to next season, Jovic’s loss is not expected to make a big difference to the squad strength. The potential arrivals of Kylian Mbappe and possibly Erling Haaland provide the team with sufficient cover in the forward department.
Ancelotti ‘liked’ €70 million Portuguese full-back offered to Real Madrid in January
Joao Cancelo has, for a long time, been considered one of the best full-backs in the world of football. What makes the Portuguese international special is not just his ability to contribute flawlessly at both ends of the field but also the fact that he can recreate his magic on both flanks.
For a player of such quality to depart Manchester City unsurprisingly broke the internet. Cancelo signed for Bayern Munich on a six-month loan in January with a whopping €70 million purchase clause included in the paperwork.
According to reports from AS, the player preferred a move to Spain. Both Real Madrid and Barcelona were offered Cancelo’s services, and it was only after both La Liga giants rejected it that Bayern Munich got the chance to sign him.
For the Catalans, the player’s salary was the hurdle preventing his arrival. In Real Madrid’s case, however, it was the board’s reluctance to change the squad midway through the season.
For a long time now, Real Madrid have maintained a low profile in winter transfer windows. Carlo Ancelotti liked the full-back’s profile and saw him as a good fit, but the management would not hear of it.
Real Madrid have had a torrid time at the full-back position in recent weeks, indicating that the squad was in urgent need of new signings.
For almost a month, Ancelotti has been without a right-back after both Lucas Vazquez and Dani Carvajal suffered injuries. Just as the latter recovered, Ferland Mendy hobbled off the field and could miss six weeks of action.
Cancelo’s signing would have thus been the ideal way to kill two birds with one stone. Nevertheless, the management have their faith in the young Vinicius Tobias and it remains to be seen if their gamble pays off.