The January transfer market doesn't officially open for another five days. Eintracht Frankfurt nevertheless began with one of their characteristic bombshells.
Who will replace the team's second-leading goal-scorer Bas Dost?
Unsurprisingly, the Luka Jovic rumors resurface again.
|Luka Jovic.||Photo: Oleg Bkhambri (Voltmetro), Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0|
No substantial information exists of yet. German footballing magazine Kicker nevertheless cannot help but ask the question if a short-term loan bringing Luka Jovic back to Hessen wouldn't be beneficial for both sides.
Things have not gone as planned for the 23-year-old Serbian mega-talent after he departed the Bundesrepublik in the summer of 2019 for €60 million. Jovic tallied just twice in his maiden campaign with the Real Madrid Royals. This year has been even worse. He's logged a mere 208 minutes.
As Jovic's market value has slipped all the way down to €22 million, the Spanish giants surely must be considering some sort of move to get their prospect back into fighting form. The Serb's connection with the Frankfurt area remain indisputable. SGE expert Christopher Michel notes that Jovic was keen to return to the Adler last summer and rekindle the best form of his young career.
As mutually favorable as a six-month loan arrangement would be, it must be emphasized that finances may prove an insurmountable obstacle to any sort of deal. Frankfurt's sale of Bas Dost reveals just how dire the situation has become for Fredi Bobic & Co. Jovic would likely have to take a substantial pay-cut in order to return to the Deutsche Bank Park.
Irrespective of whether there may be any truth to the rumors likely to spread like wildfire over the coming weeks, one can most assuredly say that they are unlikely to cease over the course of the window.