Luka Jovic is unlikely to join Chelsea this month despite the club’s desire to sign a new striker before the transfer window closes.
According to The Sun, the Blues had shown interest in bringing the 22-year-old to west London following manager Frank Lampard’s plea for reinforcements up front. However, a move for Jovic now looks to be off the table with Real Madrid seemingly not keen on loaning out their £50m plus signing.
That is a shame for Chelsea, who could really do with a centre-forward of Jovic’s calibre. He may not be having the best of seasons at Real Madrid (has scored just one league goal), but last term he showed how deadly he can be when on song.
He scored 27 goals across the Europa League and Bundesliga for Eintracht Frankfurt, registering a shot per game average of three in the latter (via WhoScored). That is roughly the same as Tammy Abraham’s 3.1 this season, showing that he could have come in and continued causing opposition goalkeepers problems like his age-mate when called upon.
Instead, unless someone else is brought in, Lampard will have to rely on Michy Batshuayi to lead the Chelsea attack when Abraham is unavailable or struggling for form, a Chelsea attack that can blow hot and cold. While they are fourth in the table for goals scored (41), they have scored significantly less than the teams above them.
Looking at his goal record at Eintracht, Jovic looks like a player who could have helped the Premier League outfit there. But with that idea now dead in the water, Lampard will have to turn elsewhere with time running out. And according to Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, that turn could lead to Napoli’s Dries Mertens.
Fail there, though, and it could be a tricky end to the season for the Blues, especially if anything happens to Abraham, their leading goalscorer.
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