Eintracht Frankfurt have confirmed they’ve completed the permanent signing of Luka Jovic from Benfica.
The 21-year-old forward has enjoyed a sensational second stint on loan at Eintracht Frankfurt this season. So far, he’s scored an impressive 17 goals in 27 Bundesliga appearances.
Jovic’s eye-catching progress in Germany has reportedly captured the interest of La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich have also been linked to Jovic amid reports they are eyeing him up as a long-term successor to Robert Lewandowski.
But Frankfurt have announced earlier today they’ve snapped Jovic up on a four-year contract until June 2023 for a reported fee of €6m.
“Luka’s development is very pleasing for us and it was never in question as to whether we wanted to tie him to the club,” director Fredi Bobic told the club website.
“He is a player with extraordinary abilities. It is important to us that we have bound him to our club.”
The Serbia international came through the youth ranks at Red Star Belgrade before joining Benfica in February 2016. But Jovic struggled to make his mark in Portugal, which opened the door for a move to Frankfurt in 2017.
After two years in Germany, the young striker has found the back of the net 34 times in 67 appearances for Frankfurt.
Despite today’s news, however, it will unlikely end talk of Jovic’s future amid reports that Frankfurt will slap a €60m price tag on him this summer.
The club’s supervisory board chairman Wolfgang Steubing even refused to rule out receiving any offers for Jovic in the future, while denying claims Frankfurt have held talks over a €50m bid from Barcelona.
The Serbian star himself has confessed that he feels very flattered by the strong interest for his services.
For now, though, Frankfurt’s sole focus will be on finishing the season on a high as they bid to wrap things up with a top-four finish in the Bundesliga.
After finishing a lowly eighth last term, Adi Hutter’s side are a point above Borussia Monchengladbach in fourth-place ahead of the final five matches of this season.
Incidentally, the Eagles will meet Benfica on Thursday night for the return leg of their Europa League quarter-final clash in Germany.