After endless rumors about the Serbia international’s future, Eintracht Frankfurt’s Luka Jovic has decided to join Real Madrid. Jovic has signed a contract that will keep him at the Santiago Bernabéu until June 2025.
As of right now, the exact amount of the transfer fee is debated. Spanish newspaper AS broke the news early, claiming that Jovic will cost Los Blancos €60 million. English newspaper The Guardian disputes this, saying that Jovic will cost an initial €65 million before add-ons. Goal.com meanwhile suggests that the initial fee is even higher, reporting that the transfer took €70 million out of Madrid’s transfer budget.
Comunicado Oficial: Jović.#WelcomeJovic | #RealMadrid https://t.co/cbD1KHQj3L— Real Madrid C.F.⚽ (@realmadrid) June 4, 2019
Even the length of the contract is unclear: some sources say it’s a five-year contract and others state it’s a six-year contract.
Be that as it may, the Jovic transfer saga is over. The 21-year-old was rumored to join Bayern Munich and Real Madrid’s rivals FC Barcelona, but now it has been confirmed that he has chosen to start the next chapter of his career with Real Madrid.
Jovic had a fantastic season at Eintracht Frankfurt, scoring 17 goals in the Bundesliga and a whopping 10 goals in the UEFA Europa League.
Der Abgang von Luka Jovic ist fix. Der Torjäger wechselt zu @realmadrid und wird bei den Königlichen einen Fünfjahresvertrag unterzeichnen. #SGEhttps://t.co/KFZj2dCcnv— Eintracht Frankfurt (@Eintracht) June 4, 2019
Despite the fact that the exact amount of the transfer fee is unclear, Jovic is a big transfer for Los Blancos, who never fail to make big-money signings in the transfer market. Jovic is currently the sixth-most-expensive signing for Real Madrid of all time according to transfermarkt.co.uk.
Yes, he is very talented, but does he have the ability to deliver consistent performances for one of the biggest clubs in the world? Jovic only really has one great season under his belt and I would argue that the signing is a bit of a gamble for Madrid, who are not famous for developing young players.
It’ll be interesting to see how Jovic will handle all the attention and pressure that comes with that new white shirt he will soon put on.