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It seems that the rumours of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang being on Real Madrid’s radar are here to stay.
Just recently, Los Blancos were linked with a swap deal for Freddie Ljungberg’s hitman in a transfer that would see James Rodriguez and some cash go the other way.
Needless to say, even that offer seemed like a foolish move for the Spanish giants, and now, Duncan Castles has reported that Zinedine Zidane is looking to sacrifice Luka Jovic in order to land his target.
He said so on The Transfer Window podcast, starting at 23:30, claiming that Aubameyang is still stalling on a new contract and the Galacticos would be ready to pounce on him with another offer for the Gunners.
Aubameyang’s contract is due to run out in the summer of 2021 so that leaves Ljungberg with some room to manoeuvre out of this position, but they are running out of time to make some real money from the player if separation truly is inevitable.
Of course, losing a leadership figure who’s managed to bag 12 goals in 19 games in 2019/20 is never easy but getting someone as young and as talented as Jovic in return is something that could potentially sweeten the deal just enough.
But for Real Madrid and Zidane, this would be a rather foolish move.
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Karim Benzema is also on the wrong side of his 30s and Jovic was brought in for a reported fee of about £58m to one day replace the Frenchman.
But so far, he has only tallied 11 games under his name for the Galacticos, bagging one goal in the process. Even though that is definitely not a brilliant return, Jovic hardly ever plays and the 319 minutes he’s managed to accumulate so far can attest to that.
Adding Aubameyang, who’s 30 already, into the squad makes little sense given that would leave Real Madrid with two ageing forwards.
Add in the fact they’d be sacrificing a young player with the potential to be a long-term option at centre-forward and it’s fair to say the deal looks catastrophic.
Jovic has quality, that much we’ve seen during his Eintracht Frankfurt days when he scored 36 goals and assisted further nine in 75 games.
Zidane should just be a bit more patient with his talent.
He’s bound to grow with time.
In other news, with their transfer ban cut short, Chelsea should reignite their interest in one of Real Madrid’s out-of-favour stars…