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Report: Luka Jovic ends nightmare Real Madrid spell, joins Fiorentina on free transfer

Three years after Real Madrid spent €60 million to buy the attacker who was once among Europe’s most sought-after young players, Luka Jovic has now signed for Fiorentina on a free transfer.

Jovic, 24, has signed a two-year contract with Fiorentina till June 2024. Should the Serie A team elect to transfer the player, Madrid will still be entitled to earn 50% of the transfer money.

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After a poor tenure at the Bernabeu that saw him score only three LaLiga goals and never hit the back of the net in the Champions League, the Serbian international will attempt to revive his career in Italy.

According to insiders who spoke to ESPN, Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti was eager to cut his team this summer since both Jovic and Mariano Diaz were seen to be unnecessary in the attack.

After scoring 17 goals in the Bundesliga in 2018–19 while playing for Red Star Belgrade, Benfica, and Eintracht Frankfurt, Jovic caught the attention of numerous elite teams until Madrid won the battle to sign him in June 2019.

Karim Benzema was supposed to be his rival and possibly a future successor, but he was never able to knock the France international out of the starting lineup.

He was loaned back to Frankfurt for the second half of the next season after returning with two league goals from 17 games in 2019–20, while his return to Madrid the previous season produced only one league goal as Benzema was in the finest form of his career.

Despite playing just a little role in those successes, Jovic leaves Madrid having won two LaLiga championships and a Champions League.

He joins a group at Fiorentina that placed seventh in Serie A last year, one point behind Roma, to earn a spot in the Europa Conference League.

Dusan Vlahovic, who scored 17 goals in 21 league games before joining Juventus in January, will be replaced by him.

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