Napoli president: ‘We talked about Jovic but Osimhen became more concrete’

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has revealed that he could have signed Real Madrid forward Luka Jovic this summer ahead of Victor Osimhen. The Nigerian international completed a €50m move towards the San Paolo from OSC Lille last week as a long-term replacement for Polish striker Arek Milik.

Prior to agreeing a deal for Osimhen, Laurentiis confirmed that Jovic was on their shortlist. “We met with Ramadani (Jovic’s agent) and we could have reached a deal for him, or Zenit’s Sardar Azmoun,” he told an interview with Corriere dello Sport. “However, as the option for Osimhen became more concrete, we went for him.”

Now that a potential move has collapsed for Jovic it will be interesting to see what the future holds for the young Serbian. He has had a disappointing first season at Real Madrid following a big money move from Eintracht Frankfurt last summer. It is believed Jovic is being tracked by AC Milan, while there are also clubs from Germany and England interested.