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Manchester United Have This Real Madrid Striker In Their Radar: What Will He Bring To Old Trafford?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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According to a recent report by Fichajes, Manchester United have Real Madrid forward Luka Jovic in their sights ahead of the summer transfer window. The same source has also stated that the Red Devils are interested in acquiring the services of the Serbian marksman but intend to sign him on an initial loan deal with an option to buy next summer.

Jovic’s Disappointing Spell At The Spanish Capital

The Bijeljina-born talent has endured a frustrating debut season at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium after struggling to find a run of consistency with his performances for Zinedine Zidane’s side. He has registered two goals and two assists in 24 appearances for Los Blancos this term across all competitions which sheds light on his recent shortcomings in the final third.

Jovic has failed to win over the Madrid supporters since his big move from Eintracht Frankfurt last summer as evidenced by his average 0.9 shots, 0.3 key passes and 0.3 dribbles per game in La Liga this season (stats via whoscored). He is currently out of action with a foot injury. Maybe a change of scenery this summer could help Jovic rediscover his form and become a top goal-getter in the coming seasons.

The 22-year-old deserves credit for representing Serbia at various youth levels. He has also made an impressive start to his international career after banging in two goals in seven senior matches for the Serbian national side so far.

Manchester United have got Luka Jovic in their sights (Jovic is in action in the photo)
Luka Jovic of Real Madrid CF controls the ball during the Liga match between Real Madrid CF and CA Osasuna at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on September 25, 2019, in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

What Will The Serbian International Bring To Old Trafford?

Jovic can use his quickness and agility to make a few well-timed runs in behind the last line of the opposition defence. He likes to dribble with the ball in the attacking third and had proven himself to be a natural goal-scorer during his spell at Frankfurt. However, Jovic has failed to score goals regularly for Los Blancos this season which has seen his reputation take a significant hit.

A summer switch to the Theatre of Dreams could provide him with an ideal opportunity to make a fresh start away from Spanish football. On his day, Jovic can be a real game-changer in terms of what he brings to the pitch. If Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is confident that he can unlock the Serbian’s true potential, then it makes sense for the Red Devils to lure him to the north-west of England ahead of the new season.

Jovic will not only add more pace and variety to the Man United attack but also improve the overall depth of their squad. If he can find a way to settle into life in the Premier League quickly, then there is no reason why he won’t be a grand success story at Old Trafford in the years to come. Plus, the Real Madrid flop will also increase competition for the likes of Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Odion Ighalo which could prove to be essential if Solskjaer wants his side to challenge for multiple trophies next season.

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