Inter Milan plotting January swoop for Real Madrid's Jovic
According to ‘La Gazzetta dello Sport’, Inter will attempt to sign the Serbian striker in the winter transfer window but fir they must sell Alexis Sánchez.
After another summer full of rumours and doubts about his future, Luka Jovic ended up staying at Real Madrid, but his situation has not changed. The forward has racked up a total of just 84 minutes playing time so far this season and it is only natural to think that the club will try to find him an outlet in the January transfer window.
Jovic admired in Serie A
The Serbian has always been admired in Italy, where he was mentioned in the press this morning. On the front cover of La Gazzetta dello Sport, one of the articles featured was titled, "Two gifts for Inter" - one of them Cagliari's Nathan Nández, and the other, Madrid's Luka Jovic.
Speaking at the 2021 Festival dello Sport in Trento, Inter CEO Beppe Marotta denied that the club will be selling more of their star players and was optimistic about Nicolò Barella and Lautaro Martínez striking new deals and also revealed that Simone Inzaghi could have two new signings on board during the winter transfer window.
The Italian daily adds that Jovic has all of the characteristics which Inter are looking for to strengthen their team - "He's strong, experienced and not too expensive". The striker already knows what it means to play for a big club (Real Madrid, which at least until now, has seemed a little too big for him) but Jovic is not the only candidate on Inter's radar: the other is Alexandre Lacazette, who could Arsenal after four years with the Gunners.
However, to finance such an operation, the Serie A outfit would first have to offload Alexis Sánchez. The Chilean earns 7 million euros per season after tax, and indeed is the best paid player in the squad, but between injuries and technical decisions, he has hardly featured out on the pitch. Inter are hoping to rescind his contract (which won't be cheap), so that they can then turn their attention to Jovic, who might soon have the chance to shine in a more prominent role than he has been accustomed to at San Siro.