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.
Real Madrid considered signing 25-year-old Bundesliga defender on loan after Alaba’s injury
David Alaba’s ACL rupture towards the end of 2023 sent a wave of sudden panic within the Real Madrid coaching staff and during the January transfer market, the team from the Spanish capital explored several opportunities.
In that context, a report from AS has affirmed that Real Madrid considered signing Union Berlin’s Diogo Leite on loan until the end of the season, but the move and the entire thought eventually died out.
Real Madrid liked what they saw
Leite was identified by Real Madrid as a player with significant potential, possessing excellent ball control, and having demonstrated his capabilities at the highest level.
However, rather than exploring a permanent transfer, the possibility of a loan until the end of the season was under consideration, taking into account the specific circumstances faced by Carlo Ancelotti’s team.
Notably, the 25-year-old played the full 90 minutes in both matches against Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu (1-0) and at his home (3-2) in the Champions League group stages.
Summer move not being considered
Leite, a product of FC Porto youth academy, has gained valuable experience under Pepe’s guidance while at the Portuguese club which made him Union Berlin’s fourth most expensive signing in history.
As of today, though, Real Madrid’s summer transfer target list excludes central defenders, with the exception of Rafa Marin, who is on loan to Alaves.
Interestingly enough, Leite has garnered a strong reputation in the Bundesliga, and sources indicate that Xabi Alonso’s Bayer Leverkusen is expressing interest in acquiring his services.
As far as Real Madrid are concerned, the likes of Eder Miliato and Alaba would return by the beginning of the next season and with Antonio Rudiger also available, the centre-back positions would be more or less covered.