CM: Milan turn to €60m Real Madrid man for post-Ibrahimovic era – the main obstacle

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan could explore the idea of signing Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic, according to a report.

The future of the Swede remains one of the most talked about issues related to the Rossoneri at present, with mixed speculation regarding his future with some outlets saying he is destined to leave while others believe he could still sign an extension.

According to Calciomercato.com, talks between Milan and Real Madrid could reopen once again after talks last summer saw Theo Hernandez join the club.

This time though they could be about striker Luka Jovic, a player that Milan have followed since last summer and one who was even targeted in January as an alternative in the case that Ibrahimovic did not accept a return.

The Serbia international is a profile that owners Elliott Management like due to his age, but his first months at the Santiago Bernabeu after joining from Eintracht for €60m were far from ideal.

Milan’s interest has not dropped though, and Real Madrid’s will to invest in a new center forward opens the door to a sale. In January the idea of a dry loan (with no option to buy) did not interest Milan, but this summer Real would be more inclined to include an option.

The obstacle therefore remains the salary that the 22-year-old receives: currently €5million net (about €10m gross) per season , too much considering that CEO Ivan Gazidis wishes to slash the wage bill.

The obstacles are not lacking but they are not insurmountable. Milan for now remains vigilant and the changes that the transfer market will experience after the Coronavirus emergency could present an opportunity.

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