Real Madrid could be in for one of Barcelona’s key transfer targets as they look for potential alternatives for the misfiring Luka Jovic.
The Serbian, who only joined Madrid in the summer from German outfit Eintracht Frankfurt, was meant to challenge leading front man Karim Benzema for a space in Zidane’s starting XI this season.
However, having found the net just once in his first 11 appearances for Los Blancos, Jovic was excluded from the squad that faced Eibar at the weekend.
Real comfortably won that contest 4-0 and Benzema scored twice, reaffirming his position as the centre-piece to Madrid’s attack. The Frenchman now has nine league goals to his name this term and sits top of the pile in the La Liga goalscoring charts heading into the international break.
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The above mentioned report claims that Madrid chairman Florentino Perez is now on the lookout for another striker and could turn to Barca’s key target – Inter Milan forward Lautaro Martinez – in the new year.
Barcelona are thought to be extremely keen on acquiring Martinez – an international teammate of Lionel Messi, who the Blaugrana skipper is believed to rate highly.
According to the report, the 22-year-old is no longer keen on joining Barcelona and has asked his agent to try and sanction a move to Real Madrid in the upcoming months.
This all seems very hasty from Madrid. Luka Jovic is enduring a slow start, but these things happen in football. The same can be said for Eden Hazard, who has also started slowly in Spain but is now starting to prove his worth with some promising performances over the past week.
Splashing out a small (or not so small) fortune on Martinez just months after spending €65m (£55.8m) on a player who has not been given ample chance to prove himself at the Bernabeu seems totally foolish.
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