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.
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.