Arsenal management have reportedly held talks with Real Madrid over the potential signing of Luka Jovic.
The Serbian international is set to leave the La Liga giants for good this summer.
According to Marca, Arsenal management had informal discussions with the attacker for some months, with Arsenal linked with Jovic in January and the north London club heading into the summer looking to sign a striker as their main priority.
Mikel Arteta could sign multiple strikers to rebuild Arsenal’s front line, since both Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah are poised to leave at the end of their contracts, which both expire this summer.
Jovic, meanwhile, may be an alternative for Arsenal. According to BBC Sport, the former Eintracht Frankfurt striker joined Madrid in 2019 for a record £50 million, but he has failed to live up to expectations in the Spanish capital.
Furthermore, Jovic’s off-field issues have limited his playing time this season under Carlo Ancelotti, with the 24-year-old making just two starts and scoring just one goal in all competitions.
Former Frankfurt teammate Filip Kostic described Jovic’s skill as “unbelievable,” but the Serbian striker’s move to Real Madrid has so far been a disastrous career choice for him, and if Arsenal can secure a reasonable deal, the Serbian might be an amazing addition for the Gunners.
Arteta has proven to be a coach who knows how to get the best out of players during his time as Arsenal manager, with players like Lacazette, Bukayo Saka, and Gabriel Martinelli all flourishing and evolving under the Basque coach, and Jovic could have a similar experience if Madrid sells him to the Gunners.
Arteta could transform the 24-year-old into an outstanding striker if given the time to improve change and improve his game.