Real Madrid have agreed a deal to sign Luka Jovic from Bundesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt on a six-year contract, the club announced on Tuesday.
Real Madrid have made an official announcement to confirm that they have secured the services of Luka Jovic after reaching an agreement with Eintracht Frankfurt to sign the striker in the summer transfer window. The Serb has signed a six-year contract with Los Blancos, with the move subject to completion after a medical.
Luka Jovic had always been seen as a highly promising striker in his homeland, Serbia. But, after making his professional debut aged 16, it took him around half-a-decade to become a household name in Europe and beyond. Once the spotlight shone on him though, there was no looking back.
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This past season turned out to be the best by far in Jovic’s fledgling career. The Serb found the back of the net an impressive 27 times in 48 appearances across all competitions, with Eintracht Frankfurt choosing to turn his two-year loan deal into a permanent move for a mere €6 million.
But the 21-year-old wasn’t to remain a Frankfurt player for long, with the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid showing an interest in him. While Barcelona did not end up pursuing a move, Real Madrid did launch the offensive over a reported €60 million deal.
Recent reports though, had suggested that Los Blancos too, had decided to cool off their interest in the Serbian international due to an unrealistic price tag. Those rumours have now turned out to be false, with Real Madrid officially announcing the capture of the striker.
The move for Jovic makes a great deal of sense for the Merengues for a few reasons. With Karim Benzema now in his thirties, Real Madrid needed to lay down a succession plan for their star striker, despite a fantastic 2018-19 campaign on a personal level for the Frenchman.
Also, with Benzema proving that he can still perform at a high enough level, the time is perfect to inculcate a young striker into the squad. Jovic could learn the ropes from the cultured forward like Benzema.
Additionally, with Zinedine Zidane showing a tendency to make use of a 4-4-2 formation over his two stints at Real Madrid, he could perhaps even create a formidable strike force featuring Jovic and Benzema. Most importantly though, the Serb solves a major problem for Real Madrid.
While Benzema scored 30 goals over the course of the season, there was precious little coming in the form of goalscoring contribution from other Real Madrid stars, which is an issue Jovic’s arrival could address. With two prolific strikers at his disposal now, the Real Madrid boss can also rotate the duo efficiently, as and when needed.
Jovic has become the third player who is set to arrive at Real Madrid this summer, after Rodrygo and Eder Militao. The Serbian striker has signed a six-year contract and his reported €60 million move is now subject to completion following a medical. It will now be interesting to see how well Jovic can transition from Eintracht Frankfurt to Real Madrid.