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‘Incredible’ Luka Jovic tipped to become Europe’s best striker

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Real Madrid target Luka Jovic has been tipped to become Europe’s best striker by his Eintracht Frankfurt team-mate Filip Kostic.

Jovic’s eye-catching performances for Eintracht this season have caught the attention of clubs across all over Europe.

Spanish giants Real Madrid have been the most frequently mentioned suitors for Jovic’s signature in the summer. Although it’s understood that Eintracht have slapped an asking price of €100m for their star forward.

The German club had only taken up their €6m buy option on Jovic’s two-year loan deal from Benfica last month.

But the 21-year-old is now widely viewed as one of the hottest young prospects in European football and a bidding war for his signature appears to be imminent.

And Kostic has no doubts over his pick for the Bundesliga’s player of the season.

“There are several… however, in my opinion, the best player I have played with and in the Bundesliga would be Luka Jovic,” Kostic told Bundesliga.com.

“The kid has incredible talent and has scored many goals – especially in crucial matches. I wish him all the best in his career.

“If he continues this way, he will most definitely become the best striker in Europe.”

Jovic finished the season with 27 goals and seven assists in 48 appearances for Eintracht.

Meanwhile, Kostic had an impressive campaign on his own after helping Eintracht finish seventh in the Bundesliga and reach the Europa League semi-finals.

The Hamburg loanee managed 10 goals and 13 assists in 46 outings across all competitions.

And Eintracht awarded him by turning his loan deal into a permanent one – just like they did with his fellow Serbian Jovic.

“This was my first season in Frankfurt and also my favourite overall!” said Kostic.

“As a team, we are strong; the mood is good; we are friends on the pitch and also off it; we have great fans… all of this contributed to our success this season. It was very important.”

FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY – MAY 02: Filip Kostic and Luka Jovic of Eintracht Frankfurt in discussion after the UEFA Europa League Semi Final First Leg match between Eintracht Frankfurt and Chelsea at Commerzbank-Arena on May 02, 2019 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)