Arsenal boosted in Luka Jovic race as AC Milan and Napoli interest cools

Luka Jovic
Luka Jovic has had a forgettable first season at Real Madrid (Picture: Getty Images)

Arsenal have been boosted in their pursuit of Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic as AC Milan and Napoli have both cooled their interest in the 22-year-old.

The Gunners are preparing for the possible departure of captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who is being heavily linked with leaving the Emirates this summer.

Aubameyang is out of contract next season and looks unlikely to extend his stay in north London so the club may be willing to accept as little as £30m for the prolific forward rather than let him leave for nothing in 2021.

If the Gabon international does indeed leave then Arsenal will turn to Jovic, who has had a fairly disastrous first season at Real Madrid, joining the club last summer.

The Serbia international has scored just two goals in 24 appearances for Real this season, a disappointing return after netting 27 times for Eintracht Frankfurt last campaign.

Having already fallen out of favour with Zinedine Zidane, the potential suitors are gathering for the striker, but the presence of Arsenal in the market has reportedly scared off other interested parties.

Spanish publication Sport report that AC Milan and Napoli have stepped aside with the Gunners leading the way to sign the Serbian.

Real splashed out £52.4m for Jovic last year and still just 22-years-old they would want to recoup that outlay despite his underwhelming performances this year.

Another stumbling block for the Gunners could be the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic, which is reportedly giving Real second thoughts about letting Jovic go.

It may prove much more difficult than usual for Real to sign a replacement for Jovic this summer, whenever the transfer window opens, and the Spanish side will be less likely to accept bids as a result.

However, a deal may still be able to be done, especially if Real do manage to land their number one target, Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund, although the Norwegian will be extremely expensive.

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