Report: Barcelona Nearing Deal for Eintracht Frankfurt's Luka Jovic
Eintracht Frankfurt striker Luka Jovic could be on the move to La Liga next summer, as Barcelona and Real Madrid have both been linked with the Serbian sharpshooter.
Jovic is the top scorer in the Bundesliga this season with 14 goals this season, including a five-goal haul against Dusseldorf in October which put him on the radar of several European heavyweights.
Sources in Spain claim that Barça and Madrid are among them. Jovic could be a backup striker to Luis Suarez at the Nou Camp or a replacement for Karim Benzema at the Bernabeu. Bayern Munich and Chelsea have also sent scouts to watch Jovic play.
FAZ believes that Barcelona have effectively won the race already, reporting that Jovic's representatives 'largely agree' on a contract with the Catalan side, with only a transfer fee to be finalized.
A specific value is not given, but the newspaper points out that a Bundesliga top scorer should not cost much less than the €65m Barcelona paid for Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong in January.
Jovic is officially still a Benfica player, but his loan move to Frankfurt will be made permanent at the end of the season (or sooner) for just €7m.
Frankfurt are enjoying an excellent season in the Bundesliga as they push for Champions League qualification, though they missed the chance to close the gap to the top four with a goalless draw against RB Leipzig on Saturday.