Arsenal have two issues standing in their way of cut-price Luka Jovic transfer plan

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has finally got his side back to winning ways after a slow start to the Premier League season – and in a bid to get his team scoring again, could take a punt on Real Madrid flop Luka Jovic. But there are two issues standing in the way of Arsenal getting their man.

Jovic, 23, joined Real Madrid from Eintracht Frankfurt in 2019/20 for a fee of £53million aged just 21.

Having scored his first senior goal for Red Star Belgrade aged just 16 years old, Jovic moved to Benfica, where he was fast-tracked to the first team.

Making 18 appearances and scoring four goals, he moved to Frankfurt on loan at the age of 19 in a bid for regular first-team football.

It was here where he made his name, scoring 25 goals in the Bundesliga in just two seasons as he became one of Europe’s most sought-after prospects.

And Real Madrid took a plunge on him, with Los Blancos spending an incredible £300m that summer – although Jovic has struggled to live up to his hefty price-tag since his move.

Having scored just two league goals in his first season, Jovic is no longer in demand at Real, with Carlo Ancelotti looking to part ways with him.

With strikers Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang not producing the goods so far this season with just one goal in five, Arteta is reportedly willing to take a punt on Jovic. However, it may not be so straightforward.

A report by Eurosport credits Arsenal with an interest in the Serbian striker, with a move to England potentially on the cards, but West Ham are also tracking the forward.

It is thought that Real Madrid would be willing to take a hit on the striker, although they would still want to recoup a decent-sized fee for him.

And with the Premier League boasting the self-proclaimed ‘richest league in the world’ title, a princely sum is likely to come from England.

However, it is thought that he would prefer a move to Germany – where he has done so well for Frankfurt – or Italy.

Jovic couldn’t believe his luck when Real Madrid called him, according to Football Espana.

The Serbian striker thought their interest was a prank, although he will probably be wishing it was after a nightmare spell in Spain.

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“My agent called me and told me that Real Madrid has called and told me that they love me. And I said, ‘Don’t tease me, please’,” Jovic said.

“And of course, I said yes, and I don’t think it was a mistake. Because the most important club only calls once.

“I am convinced that I will do well and that I will prove that I am at Real Madrid because I have quality.”

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