Transfer News: Liverpool, Barcelona interested in Luka Jovic

Liverpool and Barcelona are among suitors reportedly pursuing the in-form Luka Jovic, who is currently on loan at Bundesliga outfit Eintracht Frankfurt.

German publication Bild are reporting that interest in Luka Jovic has piqued several notches after the striker’s blistering start to the 2018-19 Bundesliga season. Chief among the clubs named are Liverpool and Barcelona, with Bayern Munich also reportedly interested in the Eintracht Frankfurt loanee.

Contracted to SL Benfica, 20-year-old Luka Jovic arrived at Frankfurt on a two-season loan in the summer of 2017. His maiden season was a steady one, with 9 goals and 2 assists to his name, while also being part of the German Cup triumph, with the victory over Bayern Munich in the final being the ultimate sweetener.

But, no one, Jovic included, would have envisaged the form he would be able to showcase in the season to follow. Less than halfway through the 2018-19 campaign, Jovic has already surpassed his previous season tally, with 12 goals and 3 assists in 15 games in all competitions.

His form has seen interest arrive from several clubs, three of them being Bayern Munich, Liverpool and Barcelona.

One to watch. (Picture Courtesy - AFP/Getty Images)
One to watch. (Picture Courtesy – AFP/Getty Images)

Liverpool might seem stacked in attack. But, they lack an out-and-out striker apart from Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge. The latter is injury-prone and Jurgen Klopp would love to add quality to the said position. The 20-year-old will be the perfect candidate as he might not wish to be a key player right upon arrival and could be satisfied with a regular role each matchday.

Barcelona on the other hand, are seriously considering prospects to replace Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan has been an incredible servant for the Catalan giants. But, the striker is now an ageing profile and would need at least a quality alternative, if not an immediate replacement, judging by his slow start to the 2018-19 season.

Bayern Munich could also appeal to Jovic, who seems to be thriving in the Bundesliga. There is no update however, whether there is a clause in the loan deal that allows Frankfurt to buy the 20-year-old outright from SL Benfica during the period of the loan.

For now, Jovic would be focused on keeping his scoring streak going unperturbed and Frankfurt would be hoping to reap the rewards of the 20-year-old’s fiery form. In the long run though, if Jovic can maintain his strike rate and somehow end the season near the top echelons of the scoring charts, we could see Liverpool, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and perhaps more clubs joining the queue.

The more the merrier, as far as SL Benfica would be concerned.

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