Luka Jovic will reportedly join Serie Fiorentina on a free transfer instead of completing a loan move to the Serie A club this summer.

According to reputed Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, Luka Jovic will not move to Fiorentina in a loan deal in the summer transfer window. Instead, the Real Madrid forward will complete a permanent move to the Serie A club, with Los Blancos paying his wages, worth €2.5 million per year.

Luka Jovic joined Real Madrid from Eintracht Frankfurt three years ago as a promising young striker who had the world at his feet at the age of 21. The Serb was coming off a brilliant campaign in the Bundesliga, but his stock has crashed in the three seasons he has spent with Real Madrid.

The 24-year-old has a paltry tally of three goals and five assists in 51 outings for Real Madrid after playing second fiddle to Karim Benzema. With Jovic’s career headed nowhere at Real Madrid, he has needed a solution to his woes for some time. And Fiorentina will offer him an escape route out of his miseries at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Fiorentina lost Dusan Vlahovic in the January transfer window after the Serbian international moved to fellow Serie A club Juventus. La Viola subsequently brought in Krzysztof Piatek and Arthur Cabral to bolster Vincenzo Italiano’s centre-forward options this past winter.

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But while Cabral is going nowhere this summer, Piatek will not join Fiorentina permanently, with recent reports linking him with Fenerbahce. As a result, the Serie A giants need to invest in a striker in the summer transfer window, bringing Jovic into the picture over a possible summer move.

Fiorentina opened talks with Real Madrid over a move for Jovic last month, and reports claimed that he was set to move to the Artemio Franchi Stadium on loan in the summer transfer window. But things have changed drastically, with La Viola on the verge of completing a free transfer of the Real Madrid forward.

The Spanish giants are set to pay Jovic his wages – worth €2.5 million per year – in the next two seasons before his salary doubles in 2024. Jovic will then have the option to extend his stay with Fiorentina by two more years when he will receive €5 million per year.

Meanwhile, if the 24-year-old leaves the Serie A club anytime during this period, Real Madrid will receive half the transfer fee. So a new adventure beckons Jovic, and he will hope to resurrect his stuttering career while nailing down his spot in Serbia’s squad for the 2022 FIFA World Cup by starting his stint with Fiorentina strongly.

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