AC Milan are being linked with a move for Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic, a player who cost Los Blancos around €60m last summer but has struggled for chances in the Spanish capital and has scored just twice in 24 appearances for the club.
Jovic was one of the most talked about emerging talents in all of Europe a year ago when he was enjoying a fine breakout season during a loan with Eintracht Frankfurt.
Frankfurt triggered a pre-arranged option to make that loan from Benfica permanent and then cashed in big time within a matter of weeks by quickly selling him on to Madrid.
More was expected from Jovic given the size of the fee paid. Across La Liga, the Champions League and Copa del Rey he has started only six times in 2019/20.
There were rumours even before the end of the summer transfer window that he could leave Real after enduring a difficult pre-season, although the player himself publicly denied it was a possibility and stressed that he retained the faith of coach Zinedine Zidane.
The latest on his future comes from Italian journalist Nicolo Schira, who claims that AC Milan are in ‘ongoing’ talks with Real over a potential two-year loan deal including an option to buy.
The 22-year-old’s salary is said to be €5m plus bonuses, which is the equivalent of a basic weekly wage of around €96,000, but could be a problem as it is ‘considered expensive’ for Milan.
A fresh start could be what Jovic, who found himself in trouble in March when he flew from Madrid to Belgrade for a birthday celebration that broke Serbia's strict coronavirus lockdown, needs in order to get his stalling career back on the right track.
Milan have experienced significant upheaval in their attacking ranks in the last few months. Krzysztof Piatek and Fabio Borini both left the club in January, while 38-year-old Zlatan Ibrahimovic was signed to a short-term deal following his return to Europe from MLS.