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Luka Jovic to commit to Frankfurt amid Barcelona offer, says player’s father

By Ben Green

Published: 17:43, 11 April 2019

The father of Luka Jovic has revealed his son is preparing to reject advances from Barcelona and Manchester City in favour of staying with Eintracht Frankfurt. 

The Serbian marksman has been in stellar form this season and attracted plenty of attention from overseas admirers, notably Barcelona, who are in the hunt for a striker.

Could Jovic stay in Frankfurt? Five key things to know…

  1. Jovic is currently on loan at Frankfurt from Benfica but the German club have an agreement to sign him permanently at the end of this season.
  2. Barcelona are in the hunt for a striker following the sale of Munir in January.
  3. It was reported last month that the club were willing to table an offer in the region of £43m for his services.
  4. Man City are also believed to be monitoring his situation in the Bundesliga.
  5. Despite speculation of a big-money move, Jovic’s father insists he is staying with Frankfurt.

Ernesto Valverde is reportedly keen on bolstering his attacking armoury with Luis Suarez the club’s only out-and-out striker.

Jovic, who has also been linked to Man United, has enjoyed a meteoric rise to prominence this campaign, netting 24 goals across all competitions, including seven in the Europa League, as Frankfurt prepare to face Benfica in their quarter-final clash on Thursday.

Naturally, the 21-year-old’s exploits in front of goal have alerted some of Europe’s elite clubs, but the striker’s father has since poured cold water on rumours of a possible departure.

Milan Jovic – a former Spartak Moscow player – told Bild: “Luka has had many offers, one of them was Barca, but he’s not interested now.

“He’s not sure he would get any minutes at Barca.

“The truth is that Luka wants to stay in the Bundesliga and qualify with Eintracht for the Champions League.”

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‘Jovic is similar to Suarez’

Jovic recently opened his account for Serbia, scoring the opening goal in the nation’s 1-1 draw with Germany last month.

National manager Mladen Krstajic has since heaped significant praise on his talented forward, recently comparing him to the player many have been tipping to succeed at the Camp Nou.

“He’s a classic goal-getter with great control of the ball and a good understanding of the game. I’d probably compare him to Luis Suarez,” Krstajic stated.

“He’s courageous and dangerous at any moment because he’s always lying in wait for his chance or any inattention from the opponent.

“He sometimes appears impassive or lacklustre, but that’s even more deceptive for defenders and makes him even more of a threat.”