Atlético could inadvertently help Eintracht to sign Luka Jovic
According to 'Republik', Atleti hope to sign Jovic's team mate, André Silva. Eintracht would use the money from that deal to buy the Real Madrid forward.
Luka Jovic has rediscovered his happiness at Eintracht Frankfurt - he's back scoring again and his self-confidence has returned. The striker has scored more goals in less than a month in Frankfurt than he managed in a month and a half at Real Madrid and that has made the German club view the situation in a different way. According to 'Republik', the club and coach Adi Hütter are considering putting in a bid for Luka during the next transfer window and they could be given a helping hand by an unlikely source - Atlético Madrid.
Serbian media report that Atleti are interested in André Silva, Luka Jovic's team mate at Eintracht. The Portuguese forward is enjoying a brilliant season and is on course to end the campaign as the Bundesliga's top scorer, ahead of Erling Haaland. So far, he has scored 17 goals in the league. Atleti would be willing to pay between 30 and 40 million euros to land Silva.
Diego Costa was allowed to leave last month and Atleti brought in Moussa Dembélé on loan from Olympique Lyon to fill the vacancy. However, 'Republik' explain that next season, Atleti will be looking to strengthen their attack in a more permanent way. At the rate he has been scoring, Luis Suárez will likely end as the pichichi, but at 34 years old, he is not getting any younger and Silva (who is 25) has his best years ahead of him. Just 10 months ago, Transfermarkt valued him at 16 million euros, and now his market value stands at 37 million, a figure which Atleti would be willing to pay.
If the rojiblancos sign Silva, Eintracht would use the money from the operation to buy Jovic. It has even been mentioned that the Germans could even strike a deal with Atleti so that would benefit both of them.
"You could see Jovic wasn't happy in Madrid"
Jovic is much happier, as another team mate, Kevin Trapp, noted in an interview with the Bundesliga recently. "I spoke to him over the summer, I asked him about his situation and how he was. He wasn't happy, everyone could see that. At the end of December, I called him again to see what was happening, and asked if he wanted to come back. To my surprise, he said yes". On 14 January, Luka rejoined his old club on loan for the remainder of the season.
Jovic signed for Madrid in 2019 for 63 million euros as one of the most promising forwards in Europe. But at Madrid he found himself permanently in Benzema's shadow and his self-confidence plummeted. Last summer, Madrid decided to let Mayoral leave and earmarked the Serbian as the team's second choice in attack. A few months down the line, Mayoral is regularly scoring with Roma and Jovic is also back among the goals at Eintracht. Meanwhile Madrid's archenemies Atlético could end up playing a key role in Jovic's future...
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