Eintracht Frankfurt striker Luka Jović may have cooled off a bit in the last couple months — just 4 goals in 9 games in all competitions in 2019, since the winter break ended in the Bundesliga — but interest in him certainly hasn’t. As Eintracht sporting director Fredi Bobic tells Sky Germany, the stands continue to be full of scouts from all the big teams watching the 21-year-old, who has 21 goals for the season (32 appearances in all competitions).
“Such players are in the focus of big clubs. That’s what I see in the scouting lists that are presented to me now for every home game, because everyone is represented...”
-Fredi Bobic; source: Sky Deutschland via Google Translate
Jović is technically only on loan at Frankfurt from Benfica, but the surprise contenders for European qualification in the Bundesliga are expected to take up their buy option this summer, set at a bargain-basement €6m. Whether they turn around to sell him for at least ten times as much remains to be seen, but Bobic, who denies that any deal has already been done with Bayern, certainly expects plenty of interest from far and wide.
“He’s developing, he’s great, he’s scoring a lot of goals.
“What do I know? We’ll see about that, but nothing in February, and now in March, because even the big clubs have to look first. Will they be league champions? Do they play Champions League? It will be decided much later when they’ve made big offers.”
Last month, Chelsea reportedly made Jović the primary target for the summer transfer window. Since then, the Blues have been hit with the transfer ban by FIFA, though we should be able to delay the start of that two-window prohibition on registering new players through an appeal. That will make the upcoming summer transfer window doubly crucial and could make someone like a 21-year-old striking sensation in Germany a high value target indeed — especially as neither Higuaín nor Giroud are a) young or b) under contract for next season (loanees Abraham and Batshuayi are, but they may not be deemed good enough still).