Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is reportedly very keen on signing a young Serbian star Luka Jovic, who he believes would be a great addition to Arsenal despite Jovic’s struggles in his first season in LaLiga.
Luka Jovic, a 22-year-old Serbian football star who began his football journey at the 1990/91 European Cup champions Red Star Belgrade in 2014, rose to prominence in 2018 during his loan spell at Eintracht Frankfurt. During his time at the German club, Jovic established himself as one of the biggest football talents in the world, scoring 27 goals for Frankfurt in 46 games across Bundesliga and Europa League, while also helping his club win the German Cup in 2017/18 season.
Although 17 goals under his belt for 2018/19 Bundesliga season was not enough for Jovic to win the golden boot, which in the end belonged to Robert Lewandowski with 22 goals, the young Serbian striker did not fail to catch the attention of some of the biggest clubs in the football world, including Real Madrid, who decided to sign the prolific striker in summer of 2019 for a whopping €60 million.
Since his arrival at Real Madrid, however, Jovic failed to be as productive as he was in Germany. He has appeared in 24 matches for Real Madrid but struggled to produce more than two goals and two assists, which made many wonders whether Jovic has lost the magic he has shown back in Germany. There is no denying Jovic failed to live up to the expectations that were put on him since he got picked up by Galacticos, who believed Jovic is a perfect replacement for Karim Benzema, however, ironically enough, it was Benzema who outperformed Jovic thus far.
Due to his poor performances, many lost hope Jovic will ever recover and rose to fame in LaLiga and that perhaps his 2018/19 season with Frankfurt was nothing more than a fluke. However, recent reports unveiled that Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta is highly interested in signing the underperforming Serbian this summer, as Arteta is not only in desperate need of a more traditional centre forward at the Emirates Stadium but also believes Jovic has yet to reach his full potential.
Despite his interest, however, Arteta is reportedly prepared to sign Jovic under one condition, which is that Real Madrid allows Jovic to arrive in England as a loanee and only after the Serbian international proves himself would Arsenal consider to offer him a contract. It remains to be seen whether Real Madrid will be keen with that offer, however, there is a reason to be optimistic the deal just might come through.
As it’s already known, Real Madrid are looking to bring in a new striker in the next transfer window and they have already been linked with Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang before, which suggests the two clubs could come to an agreement, which would allow Jovic to join the Gunners comes summer or at very least give Arteta some negotiation power in his quest to rebuild Arsenal into a team of his liking.