Luka Jovic’s £58m move from Eintracht Frankfurt to Real Madrid was supposed to be a breath of fresh air for Los Blancos.
After all, the Serbian was bagging goals for fun back in Germany, netting 27 alongside seven assists in a total of 48 games across all competitions in his last season with the Bundesliga outfit.
He was even more impressive on the European stage, rattling the net ten times in 14 games, giving some much-needed wind to Frankfurt’s sails.
But now, he has struggled to make his mark at Real and he only made one start in the Champions League group stage, scoring one goal in the process.
To make things even worse for his Galactico career, he was recently linked with Arsenal in a swap deal that would see Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang go one way and the young Serbian the other, as per Duncan Castles, who talked about it on The Transfer Window podcast, starting at 23:30.
“There’s some information I have that Real Madrid have been looking whether they can get Aubameyang out of Arsenal.”
But the journalist suggested that it may not be a straight cash proposal for the Gabon international.
“The interesting bit of information that I have on this is that Real Madrid are trying to float Luka Jovic into the deal.”
Castles later went on to say: “That would be a proposal that would allow Jovic an opportunity at a different club, a restart to his career. It would bring Arsenal’s wage bill down and would solve the problem that Arsenal might have of a disgruntled forward.”
Needless to say, the Gunners would indeed be getting a real scoop if the deal mooted by Castles was to go through.
But to confirm that, we sought the opinions of those who know Jovic the best…
Krstajic is someone who has been working with Jovic for a while and being his compatriot and former national team coach, he knows a thing or two about the young striker.
If he had to draw comparisons, he would compare the 21-year-old with Barcelona’s Luis Suarez as they have some traits in common.
Here’s what Krstajic said in full in an interview with T-Online, as quoted by Bundesliga.com:
“He’s a classic goal-getter with great control of the ball and a good understanding of the game. I’d probably compare him to Luis Suarez. He’s courageous and dangerous at any moment because he’s always lying in wait for his chance or any inattention from the opponent.
“He sometimes appears impassive or lacklustre, but that’s even more deceptive for defenders and makes him even more of a threat.”
Meier is someone who had the privilege of working and training together with Jovic when they were teammates at Frankfurt.
He claims that no one really expected the Serbian to be as good as he was and the now 36-year-old German didn’t shy away from giving his former teammate a huge compliment, calling him the best finisher he ever played with.
Here’s what he said for The Guardian:
“He is the best finisher I ever played with.
“Nobody from our team really knew him when he arrived.
“But in training you could see immediately that he’s just amazing in front of goal. He has everything. Heading, shooting, left foot, right foot. Inside the box he knows exactly where the ball will fall down. He was so young but already so cool and confident; you could tell he would score many times.”
Boateng worked with Jovic back when they were both at Frankfurt and he was immediately impressed with what he saw in the youngster, even back then before his big move to the Spanish capital.
The 32-year-old striker claims that his former teammate simply has everything a forward needs and proclaimed he could go on to become world-class in the future.
Here’s what he said in full to Sport Bild, as quoted by Bundesliga News:
“There are critics who only see Luka Jovic play once a week. I have seen him play every day and can therefore say that he can become a world-class striker. He has everything to become that.
“You see that in training. He has football in his genes, he’s a street footballer, and he has a nose for goal. He scores with his head, right or left foot. He is technically good and can shoot well with both feet. He just has everything a striker needs.”
Even though Jovic has experienced a slight dip upon his transfer to Real Madrid, he is still very much a top talent who could go on to become one of the best strikers in Europe.
Of course, Aubameyang is also a huge presence in Arsenal’s squad but considering that he’s slowly ageing, maybe scooping Jovic right now would be something the Gunners hierarchy should prioritise.