Real Madrid’s most disappointing signing in Zidane’s second spell, Luka Jovic, is set to make a u turn to his former club, Eintracht Frankfurt after 1.5 seasons in Madrid with limited playing time. He will be spending his second spell on loan at the second half of the season to revive his once lethal form with the German side. During his stint with Los Blancos, Jovic only made two goals and two assists in 27 games of all competitions. It is quite in contrast to his outstanding form in Frankfurt in 2018/19 season with 27 goals and 7 assists when he helped them advance to the semifinal of Europa League. The Serbian international has to work hard to prove his quality and ready to earn his spot in Los Merengues, which is surely not easy when it comes to the competition in a big team. Otherwise, Real Madrid might have to offload him with a lower price than his 60-million signing fee when Zidane’s side captured him two years ago.
When Madrid is losing one forward in a title race, their local contender, Atletico Madrid which also leads the table has brought a better reinforcement after terminating Diego Costa’s contract. Lyon’s striker Moussa Dembele is certainly a great addition for Los Rojiblancos, especially considering Luis Suarez’s age. The Uruguayan might still be the main forward this season but Dembele can step in for the future years to come, provided he is not attracted to move out in the third season, just like what he has done so far. Such seems to be a slight pattern in Dembele’s footballing career. He has always signed for a new team in his third season while he was in Fulham, Celtic and the last one, Lyon, in spite of already agreeing a long term contract. This season, he may have only bagged one goal but in the previous two seasons, the PSG academy graduate always netted 20 goals or more. Thus, he is expected to be Diego Simeone’s men’s prolific scorer.
Almost like a chain reaction, Lyon soon landed Dembele’s replacement, Leicester City outcast, Islam Slimani on a free transfer. The 32-year old poacher is the experienced figure upfront who put a fairly great display while he was on loan in Monaco in 2019/20 season. He was a deadly duet for Wissam Ben Yedder and contributed nine goals and seven assists. The Algerian international looks for more settled place in Les Gones after spending his contract in Leicester mostly on loan in Newcastle, Fenerbahce and Monaco after the departure of Claudio Ranieri who recruited him from Sporting Lisbon.