Arsenal are in the race to sign Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic, who has had a difficult first season with the Spanish giants.
The Serbian moved to Real Madrid from Eintracht Frankfurt for a fee of €60 million in 2019, but has scored just twice in 24 appearances for the club so far this season.
According to Mundo Deportivo, Arsenal and AC Milan are reportedly interested in signing the 22-year-old. Milan want to take the forward on loan with an option of signing him for £44 million.
Jovic scored 27 times for Eintracht Frankfurt in the 2018-19 season, which led to interest from several clubs.
The forward’s current contract with Real Madrid expires only in 2025.
Luka Jovic – A good option for Arteta?
There have been reports that captain and striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could leave the club as his contract with the Gunners is set to expire in 2021. If the Gabon international does leave the North London side, they will need a solid replacement for him in the starting lineup.
Jovic would be an interesting option for manager Mikel Arteta. The Serbian striker wowed Bundesliga fans with his quick feet, impressive finishing ability, as well as his exquisite technical ability.
He comes alive in the penalty area and has the innate ability to find the back of the net, even from tough situations. Jovic is quick with the ball at his feet and deadly in counter-attacking situations, while also being a good crosser and passer of the ball.
The Serbian is two-footed, capable of scoring with either foot. He has had a tough time at Real Madrid, perhaps due to the presence of Karim Benzema, who is one of the most complete strikers, while the daunting task of playing for one of the biggest clubs in the world has also taken a toll.
He could capture his form of old under Arteta, whose free-flowing, possession-based football would suit Jovic’s style of play.
The Serbian is only 22 years of age and has the potential to grow and score plenty of goals at Arsenal. Jovic’s all-round game would be an upgrade over Alexandre Lacazette – whose future is also in doubt – but it remains to be seen if the Serb can match Aubameyang’s excellent goal scoring record at Arsenal.