Real Madrid have begun work at full throttle in the departures section after announcing two new signings early in the window – Antonio Rudiger and Aurélien Tchouameni.
While the situation of several players is uncertain, there has been little doubt over the future of Luka Jovic, the €63 million-rated signing that failed to prove himself at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Last week, it was reported that Fiorentina were in very advanced talks with Real Madrid to sign the Serbian international. The official announcement was thought to be close, but negotiations hit a roadblock soon after.
Jorge Picon of Goal Espana has released more news about the discussions between the clubs. As opposed to the initial proposal of Real Madrid sharing the player’s wages with Fiorentina, the Italian club will now pay 100% of his salary.
However, the player’s wage has been reduced because of Fiorentina’s inability to match the amount he was paid in Madrid. Moreover, Los Blancos are now forced to pay compensation for the money that Jovic was going to earn in the remaining years of his deal.
Given that the striker’s contract with Real Madrid was until 2025, the club now have to shell out the salary he would receive for three years.
It is speculated that Carlo Ancelotti’s side will retain 50% of the player’s rights, meaning they will receive half of any future transfer fee involving the player.
Despite it being an economically draining operation, Jovic’s departure is seen as a much-needed one. The Serbian has struggled to recreate his best form in Spain despite being given multiple chances to showcase his talent.
The 24-year-old played 15 league games for the club last season, scoring just one goal and providing three assists. The official announcement of his transfer is expected to be made tomorrow.
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Real Madrid maintain full confidence in Turkish starlet despite injury woes
Arda Guler’s Real Madrid stint has not gotten off to the start he would have hoped to have given the expectation that preceded the transfer.
Having joined in the summer after Real Madrid outbid their competition to win him over from Fenerbahce for a 20-million-euro fee, buzz was high as the winger was expected to slot into the team quite seamlessly, albeit on a rotational basis.
Unfortunately for the 18-year-old, he has been constantly marred by injuries since completing the move.
Reports have stated that after Guler picked up his third injury since his move, Real Madrid have been concerned and want to take things slow with the player to ensure he is fit as soon as possible after an injury to his quadriceps this time.
The Turk is yet to make his competitive debut for the club, and Real Madrid even sacked their medical chief in November, in light of their injury crises since the beginning of the season.
No loan deal for Guler
However, according to Fabrizio Romano in a recent YouTube video, he states that Madrid maintain full trust and patience in the youngster.
Despite his bad luck with injuries, the latest of which he is scheduled to return from after Christmas, the Galacticos have no intention of loaning out Guler to Turkish clubs despite lots of speculation of them doing so of late.
Romano states that Madrid remain firm on not shaking things up too much with the squad, and they want to keep their roster stable, including Arda Guler.
They want to extend their full support and protection to the player as he aims to return to full fitness and finally make his bow for Madrid either by the end of this month or in 2024.