Nottingham Forest made a cheeky enquiry to Real Madrid over the availability of Luka Jovic, according to reports in Italy.
The Reds are keen to bolster their ranks this summer and Evangelos Marinakis will show some serious ambition.
Jovic to Forest was always likely to be both the work of his agent and a mere pipedream for the Reds.
Steve Cooper would dearly love to have a player of his quality strutting his stuff at the City Ground but it won’t be happening.
It’s been claimed by Fabrizio Romano that Fiorentina are set to land the striker on a free transfer.
Los Blancos are willing to cut their losses on the player they signed for £51 million from Eintracht Frankfurt in 2019.
Jovic has been a real miss at the Bernabeu, scoring just three goals and registering five assists from 51 appearances.
Last season, he was kept around by boss Carlo Ancelotti. He was a peripheral figure and wasn’t in the squad for the Champions League final.
The 24-year-old needs to find his way again and could do that in Italy.
This looks like a decent signing on a free transfer for Fiorentina and he’s set to pen a two-year contract.
Furthermore, the Serie A club will hold an option to tie him down for another two years.
Forest showed late interest, albeit tentative, whilst Sevilla were also credited with showing interest.
Forest made Jovic enquiry and a new striker will be required
The Reds have added Taiwo Awoniyi to their ranks this summer and he’s a nice replacement for Keinan Davis.
Sam Surridge remains in the squad and it will be interesting to see what role he plays next season.
It still feels like the Reds are somewhat light in the final third and perhaps another forward would be ideal.
Jovic was always a long shot. It’s good to see that Forest are asking some serious questions of some seriously big clubs, however.
Naturally, lots of agents will be aware of the situation at Forest. As a result, some players will get linked despite there being very little interest.
The Jovic link does feel like one of those and the fact he earns £152,000-a-week was always likely to rule the Reds out.