Real Madrid want to offer striker Luka Jovic as a makeweight in a January deal to bring Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to the Spanish capital, according to a report.
Jovic, who moved to Madrid in a big-money move from Eintracht Frankfurt in the summer, has failed to make a serious impact under boss Zinedine Zidane having only played nine times in La Liga and twice in the Champions League.
According to journalist Duncan Castles’ Transfer Window Podcast, Real president Florentino Perez has noticed Jovic’s struggles and is preparing to let him leave the club in the winter, despite only joining a matter of months ago.
In return, the La Liga giants want Aubameyang, who it is claimed wants out after seeing Arsenal confirm their worst run in 42 years with defeat to Brighton last Thursday.
Real reportedly eye Aubameyang as a replacement up top, with Karim Benzema set for a move to Lyon in a player-manager role and Gareth Bale inching closer to a return to the Premier League.
However, the podcast also says that Perez will have to convince Zidane of his masterplan, given that the Frenchman has his sights set on signing either Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe or Manchester United’s Paul Pogba.
Reports in Saturday’s newspapers claimed that Aubameyang is becoming “deeply frustrated” at the Gunners’ current struggles.
Arsenal sat 10 points behind the Premier League’s top four heading into the weekend’s action, leaving their hopes of reaching a Champions League place by the end of the season in dire straits.
The same reports have indicated that Arsenal are beginning to lose hope at interim boss Freddie Ljungberg’s ability to steady the ship.
The Swede was brought in as Unai Emery’s temporary replacement but he is yet to win a game and there is allegedly a growing belief inside the Emirates that they may need to act fast to solve the crisis.
It was thought that Ljungberg would be able to bridge the gap between Emery’s exit and the appointment of a permanent successor, allowing the club to conduct a thorough search for a number one choice.