Real Madrid make decision over Luka Jovic’s future amid Arsenal interest

Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic
The Serbian striker has been heavily linked with a move away from the Bernabeu (Picture: Getty)

Real Madrid have decided to put their faith in Luka Jovic and will reportedly resist any transfer approaches for the striker this summer amid major interest from Arsenal.

The Gunners are likely to be in the market for a new striker this summer with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s contract due to expire next year and talks over an extension stalling.

Arsenal do not want to risk losing their top scorer for nothing and are prepared to cash in, with the north London club eyeing Jovic as a potential replacement.

The Serbian has struggled in his maiden campaign at the Bernabeu, scoring just two goals in 24 appearances, but Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta sees him as a player who could lead his attack as a target man.

Unfortunately for Arsenal, the coronavirus crisis may have torpedoed their hopes of landing Jovic, with Spanish newspaper AS reporting that Real will not allow the forward to leave this summer.

It would be very complicated for Real to sign a new striker in the summer – especially with the transfer market likely to be extremely volatile with so many clubs experiencing financial difficulties.

They are keen to sign Erling Haaland but will not pursue the Borussia Dortmund striker this summer, with his €75million (£65m) release clause only becoming active from January onwards.

Instead, Real are prepared to give Jovic another season to prove himself and feel the 22-year-old – who was prolific with Frankfurt in both the Bundesliga and Europa League – still has enormous potential.

Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic
Jovic’s two goals for Madrid this season came against Leganes and Osasuna (Picture: Getty)

Real bosses recognise that Jovic only played 90 minutes once all season and are conscious that he is still young and several years away from entering his prime.

Zinedine Zidane also feels there are other areas of the squad that need strengthening more – with another central midfield top of his wishlist – so Madrid are not currently planning to bring in a new centre-forward.

As well as Arsenal showing interest in Jovic, Premier League rivals Chelsea and Tottenham are also believed to have been keeping tabs on his situation at the Bernabeu.

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