AS Monaco’s new manager, Niko Kovac, has reportedly convinced Luka Jovic to join the club, according to a report from France Football.
The Balkan coach was instrumental to Jovic’s adaption to Frankfurt and his breakthrough at the Bundesliga club. In 2017, Eintracht Frankfurt—then coached by Niko Kovac who was aware of the player since his youth football days— secured a two year loan with an option to buy from Benfica. Jovic was full of praise for Kovac, after he played 27 games and scored 9 goals in the 2017/2018 season. “In one month at Frankfurt, I ran more than in an entire year at Lisbon,” he told Frankfurter Rundschau. Kovac was a fellow Balkan and helped settle Jovic and set his priorities. “I just needed someone like Niko Kovac to wake me up. He demands the maximum and gets the maximum out of you. I have Niko Kovac to thank for the success that I now have”, he added.
It’s unclear what Zinedine Zidane has planned for Luka Jovic and whether the club would be willing to cash in on the Serbian. If an offer of €50-60 million arrived, the club would recoup their investment - given the amortized figures from year one of his contract - and may be open to the deal given Luka Jovic’s difficulty in adapting to the club and his off-field issues during the Coronavirus lock down.