Milan Set to Extend Luka Jovic’s Contract

Luka Jovic’s career at Milan seemed dead in the water at the end of last season, but the situation has taken an unexpected turn. Matteo Moretto reports the parties have agreed upon a short-term extension and will soon announce the agreement.

After a sub-par stint at Fiorentina, Jovic joined Milan in the twilight of last summer’s transfer window as an emergency signing. He wasn’t the club’s first option. However, failed attempts to sign Jonathan David and Mehdi Taremi forced the Rossoneri to turn to the ex-Real Madrid flop as a last-minute solution.

Jovic’s first season at Milan was average at best. Following a slow start to life at San Siro, the Serbia international had hit the ground running midway through the 2023/24 campaign, scoring several significant goals in Serie A and Coppa Italia. However, his form dwindled again toward the end of the season.

Despite scoring just nine goals in 30 appearances for Milan, Jovic will feature for Serbia at Euro 2024. On top of that, he’ll stay at the club beyond the summer against expectations. The Rossoneri’s decision to give the 26-year-old the benefit of the doubt perhaps implies they’ll only pursue Joshua Zirkzee.

Milan are ready to activate his €40 million release clause to avoid protracted negotiations with Bologna. But talks with Kia Joorabchian aren’t progressing smoothly. Zirkzee’s agent is sticking to his guns, demanding up to €15m as a compensation fee.

That’s a sum Milan are understandably unwilling to pay. Unless the Iranian-born British agent doesn’t waver on his claims, the Serie A runners-up could pull the plug on a deal.

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