Real Madrid misfit Luka Jovic will cut short his misery in La Liga and return to familiar territory after Eintracht Frankfurt struck a loan agreement with Los Blancos.
Jovic has been a subject of wild transfer speculations over the past few months after failing to establish himself under Zinedine Zidane. The 23-year-old striker joined Real Madrid from Frankfurt for a whopping €63million back in the summer of 2019. However, he has never managed to settle in the Spanish capital, making a dreadful impact of only two goals in 32 appearances in all competitions since.
Often forced to play second-fiddle to Zidane’s favorite striker Karim Benzema, Jovic has managed just a single La Liga start this season. Having tumbled down the pecking order at the Santiago Bernabeu, the Serb is keen to reignite his career and secure some regular first-team football. Where better than at the Deutsche Bank Park, where he has made a name for himself.
Indeed, Jovic’s tally of 27 goals and seven assists in 48 appearances for Frankfurt in 2018/19 recommended the young forward to the reigning Spanish champions. That’s the kind of statistic the ex-Red Star Belgrade youth academy graduate will be looking to dwell on ahead of his proposed second spell in the Bundesliga. According to the Eintracht sporting direction Fredi Bobic, the parties are a step away from sealing the deal over a six-month loan move for Jovic.
Luka Jovic is set to leave Real Madrid and rejoin Eintracht Frankfurt on loan in January, sources have confirmed to Goal 👋 pic.twitter.com/EEsgvgcPSX— Goal (@goal) January 12, 2021
“Luka Jovic is on the verge of a loan to us until the summer,” Bobic told Sky Sports Deutschland. “We still need to sort out a few things, for example, the medical. If it all comes together, he’ll soon be back with us.”
Though a return to Frankfurt may evoke some pleasant memories, Jovic will have to fight tooth and nail to convince Adi Hutter to drop the current first-choice striker Andre Silva. The former AC Milan outcast has clocked up 12 goals in 15 matches for Die Adler this season and is the club’s top-scorer so far.
Yet, Jovic can take some confidence from the fact that Hutter has recently admitted he wouldn’t pass the opportunity to bring him back.
“It’s something that doesn’t escape anyone. He is not having a lot of playing time at Real Madrid, and I wouldn’t object to him coming back to Frankfurt,” said Hutter a fortnight ago.