As per numerous reports across Europe, representatives from La Liga giants Barcelona were present at Eintracht Franfkurt’s clash with Inter Milan on Thursday night, to watch Luka Jovic in action.
Red Star record-breaker
Jovic, a 21-year-old centre-forward who can also play in an attacking-midfield role, came up through the youth ranks of Red Star Belgrade in his home country of Serbia.
After breaking into the club’s first-team setup at the tender age of 16 in 2014, Jovic soon went on to become Red Star’s youngest ever-goalscorer, with his impressive showings over the preceding two seasons at the Rajko Mitić Stadium having eventually seen Portuguese giants Benfica snap the hitman up in February of 2016.
After struggling for game-time with the Eagles, however, Benfica opted to farm Jovic out on loan at the beginning of last season.
And it has been his showings over the course of this two-year loan away from Lisbon that have since seen Jovic begin to turn heads around Europe.
The 3-time capped international has been plying his trade with Bundesliga outfit Eintracht Frankfurt for the last 18 months.
The hitman’s debut campaign at the Commerzbank-Arena saw him notch a respectable 9 goals across all competitions.
The current season, though, has seen Jovic’s production reach new heights altogether.
Across 33 appearances between the Bundesliga and Europa League, the gifted attacker has racked up 22 goal and 6 assists.
14 and counting for Luka Jovic 🎯
— Bundesliga English (@Bundesliga_EN) February 9, 2019
Barcelona scout Jovic
As such, inevitable links between Jovic and some of European football’s biggest clubs have emerged over recent weeks.
The likes of Chelsea, Tottenham, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid have all been touted as potential destinations for the Benfica-owned goalscorer.
The outfit most persistently-linked with a move for Jovic, though, have been Barcelona.
A report from German outlet Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung last month even went as far as to suggest that the Blaugrana had agreed personal terms with the Serb.
Such claims appear to have jumped the gun, but Barca are nevertheless thought to be hot on Jovic’s trail.
And, as per updates from the reliable Gianluca Di Marzio and more, a trio of representatives from the La Liga champions were present at Eintracht Frankfurt’s Europa League clash with Inter Milan on Thursday night, to watch the hitman in action.
Eric Abidal, Pep Segura and Ramon Planes all attended the matchup, with Jovic having notched the only goal of the game with a classy early finish to secure Eintracht’s passage to the competition’s quarter-finals.
One of the best chipped finishes you’ll see.
— Optus Sport (@OptusSport) March 15, 2019
As per Sport, Barcelona are accelerating their efforts to secure a long-term replacement for the aging Luis Suarez, with Jovic having seemingly been identified as the man for the job.
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