Transfer Grade: Real Madrid Sign Eintracht Frankfurt’s Luka Jovic

Tyler Everett June 5, 2019 467 Reads

The Deal

Who: Luka Jovic
From Where: Eintracht Frankfurt
To Where: Real Madrid
For How Much: €60M
Grade for Real Madrid: B
Grade for Eintracht Frankfurt: B

Luka Jovic to Real Madrid Overview

Real Madrid’s offseason overhaul is officially underway.

On Tuesday, Los Blancos finalized their widely expected signing of 21-year-old Serbian Luka Jovic. Real Madrid announced the contract will run through June 30, 2025.

As we’ll do for each major signing this summer, below is High Press Soccer’s breakdown of the transaction:

Who is he?

Jovic has been one of the most sought-after young players in the world for months thanks to his deft scoring touch.

Players as productive at the age of 21 as Jovic was in a league like the Bundesliga (17 goals, 5 assists this year) will always be coveted, and Jovic was no exception. His success was not limited to domestic play this year, either, as he scored in both legs of the UEL semifinals against Chelsea. His WhoScored rating of 8.45 in Leg 2 of that matchup also shows how well he played throughout the game, in addition to finding the net. That capped an extremely productive Europa League run in which he scored 10 times in 14 games.

He could, however, use some work on his celebrations.

One of the most interesting/impressive things about Jovic is his versatile finishing. His 17 Bundesliga goals included eight with his left foot and six with his right, to go with three headers, according to Bundesliga.com.

Is the price fair?

As will probably be the case with nearly every major signing this summer, there’s no consensus on the fee RM is paying. It’s either €60M, €65M or €70M, depending on which outlet you believe.

Jovis is by no means cheap, but several players will be on the move this summer for bigger fees. It’s hard to overpay for a 21-year-old with Jovic’s finishing ability. I wouldn’t call this a bargain, but I do consider it a reasonable fee.

What impact should we expect?

Jovic will likely be a key contributor to a club that, as we’ve mentioned, sorely missed CR7 this year. Karim Benzema was solid from start to finish – scoring 21 goals and adding six assists – but no one else was consistent enough.

Vinicius showed flashes, and will have a chance to establish himself next season, but is by no means entrenched up top. Isco will be eager to bounce back from a year to forget. RM also has other options, but the playing time will be there for Jovic if he’s as good as advertised.

An attacking trio of Benzema, Vinicius and Jovic would potentially be a lot for opposing defenses to handle, but questions surround Benzema (due to his age), Vinicius (far from proven at this point) and Jovic (if for no other reason than the fact this was just his second season playing major minutes).

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