Of all of Real Madrid’s failed transfers in recent years, Luka Jovic is definitely one of the most underwhelming. The Serbian international joined Los Blancos three years ago in a big-money move from Eintracht Frankfurt but has done nothing to justify his price tag.
With the champions of Europe gearing up for the next season with massive signings across departments, Jovic is seen as one of the players who can depart the club to balance the finances.
According to reports from Patrick Berger of SPORT1, the striker is close to joining Fiorentina on loan. This comes as a surprising piece of news as clubs like AS Monaco and Rayo Vallecano were the ones linked with Jovic’s name in recent weeks.
Joining Fiorentina will provide the player with the chance to test himself in a new league and make a fresh start to his career. However, he will face tough competition from the likes of Krzystof Piatek and Arthur Cabral, who have made a name for themselves in recent years.
Jovic made only one league start for Los Blancos last season. In 15 La Liga appearances, he scores one goal and provided three assists.
If the move to Serie A goes through, it would be Jovic’s second loan spell since joining Real Madrid. In 2021, he spent six months on loan at his former club Eintracht Frankfurt after repeated dismal performances for the Spanish side.
The striker’s contract in Spain sees him at the Santiago Bernabeu for six years since his signing in 2019. With three more years left on the deal, Jovic is under no pressure to force his way out of the club. Nevertheless, a positive loan spell could do a world of good to his confidence.
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.