In this morning's print edition, the Italian newspaper 'La Gazzetta dello Sport' published a piece about Luka Jovic and how he has become a very costly investment for Milan so far.
Since the summer transfer market window, the striker has earned nearly 1 million euros. But what is his contribution?
Luka Jovic made two shots on target. He has a gross salary of 2.6 million euros, 217 thousand euros per month: in the five seasonal months (two on loan at Fiorentina, almost three in Milan), he has cost his clubs around 1 million euros.
Now, Luka Jovic has indeed a double opportunity to start repaying the trust: Giroud's suspension opens up space in the area. Head coach Stefano Pioli must decide whether to give Jovic another chance, as he has the characteristics of a pure center forward, or to bet on Okafor, an atypical striker.
In the first case, Luka might redeem himself against Fiorentina and Frosinone: the law of the former club could work in his favour against Fiorentina. This isn’t one of those cases where one questions a possible celebration. The answer is already there: yes, he will celebrate.
Could a departure happen as early as January for Jovic?
It will depend on his performance. Especially considering that his contract expires in June 2024. For Pioli, he remains a player who, 'if in form' can be useful to the team or even more: "He knows how to play football, he could bring us satisfaction," he had hoped at the beginning of the season.
His career has been fluctuating so far: the promising Bundesliga striker didn't flourish in La Liga. He hoped to revive his career with Fiorentina: six goals in the league, so far his only goals in Serie A.