Transfer News: Fiorentina interested in Luka Jovic; La Liga trio eyeing Jesus Vallejo swoop

Luka Jovic and Jesus Vallejo are both on the exit trail at Real Madrid, with clubs from Serie A and La Liga keen on signing them in January.

According to a report by Spanish outlet Defensa Central, Luka Jovic could be set for another move away from Real Madrid in a January transfer window. Fiorentina are interested in the struggling Serbian striker, with the Spanish giants not averse to the idea of letting him leave this coming winter.

Luka Jovic joined Real Madrid from Eintracht Frankfurt in the summer of 2019 and has since barely made his mark at the club. Having signed in the wake of a stunning campaign wherein he was one of the top scorers in the Bundesliga, the Serb invariably had a lot of hype and excitement surrounding him.

However, the 23-year-old has only managed a paltry tally of two goals and three assists in 38 appearances for Real Madrid, although it is fair to point out that a major chunk of his outings have been off the bench. Nevertheless, with his career seemingly headed nowhere, Real Madrid are ready to offload him in the January transfer window, with Fiorentina keen on signing him.

Is Luka Jovic on his way out of Real Madrid? (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
Is Luka Jovic on his way out of Real Madrid? (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

The Serie A outfit are in a precarious situation over the future of Dusan Vlahovic, who appears set to leave the club either in the January transfer window or next summer, having refused to commit his future to the club. The Serbian striker is now being heavily linked with the who’s who of club football in Europe, which creates the need for a replacement.

To that end, Jovic is a viable target for Fiorentina, although he has also been linked with several Premier League clubs including Arsenal, West Ham United and Everton. As for Real Madrid, they are ready to negotiate with the Serie A club, be it for a loan move or permanent switch, and it remains to be seen if Jovic ends up being his compatriot’s replacement at Stadio Artemio Franchi.

Real Betis, Espanyol and Getafe eyeing Jesus Vallejo swoop

From one Real Madrid outcast to another and Jesus Vallejo seems to be closer to the exit door at the Santiago Bernabeu than a part of a starting lineup for Carlo Ancelotti, with as many as three La Liga clubs keen on signing him. Indeed, according to Spanish outlet Fichajes, Real Betis have now been joined by Espanyol and Getafe in pursuit of the 24-year-old defender.

Jesus Vallejo joined Real Madrid from Real Zaragoza in the summer of 2015 and has since failed to establish himself as a regular in the defensive unit at the Santiago Bernabeu. In fact, the 24-year-old has spent just a couple of full seasons at Real Madrid over the last six years, spending the other four campaigns away on four different loan spells.

Most recently, Vallejo spent around 18 months at Granada, where he featured fairly regularly, making 48 appearances across all competitions. As far as his stint with Real Madrid is concerned, the Spaniard has managed just 19 outings so far, though he has won the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup while at the club.

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Now back at Real Madrid, the opportunities have not been forthcoming for Vallejo so far this term, with Eder Militao, Nacho and David Alaba getting the preference over him. With his career, like Jovic, seemingly headed nowhere, the time to leave Real Madrid could be approaching. And La Liga trio Real Betis, Getafe and Espanyol have shown an interest in him.

Real Betis have already been linked with Vallejo recently, but Getafe and Espanyol would hope to tempt him by offering more regular game-time. In the end, playing time will likely be a key decision making factor and it will be interesting to see which way the pendulum swings for Vallejo in the coming weeks and months.

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