Luka Jovic: The Eintracht Frankfurt man who could be set for a massive move this summer

Serbia international taking the Bundesliga by storm

We've seen plenty of new stars shoot to prominence over the course of the 2018/19 campaign, but not many have enjoyed the rise of Eintracht Frankfurt's Luka Jovic.

The Serbia international originally joined the Bundesliga outfit on a two year loan from Benfica and after going through a mixed first season at the Commerzbank-Arena, he's absolutely loving life.

The 21 year-old is playing a crucial role in an immensely successful campaign for Frankfurt, with them looking in excellent shape to qualify for next seasons Champions League. They're currently in control of their own destiny in the Bundesliga in fourth position, three points ahead of fifth placed Borussia Monchengladbach.

And as if that wasn't good enough, they have a Europa League semi-final to look forward to on Thursday night when they welcome competition favourites and Premier League giants Chelsea to Germany. After already eliminating the likes of Shakhtar Donetsk, Inter Milan and Benfica on their way to the last four, they'll be confident they can add another scalp to the list.

Luka Jovic
Luka Jovic has contributed 31 goals (25G 6A) in just 43 appearances for Eintracht Frankfurt this season

Winning the Europa League would be a huge achievement for the club and someone who's going to play a crucial role in that is Jovic. He's hit the back of the net on no fewer than 25 occasions this season and it's seen his stock rise significantly - which will have Chelsea on alert.

If the Blues are to go through and book their place in Baku for the final on 29th May then they'll need to keep him quiet which is no easy task. He's a man in demand and a big performance on Thursday night will certainly add a couple more zeros to his price tag.

Such has been his displays in Germany that Eintracht have made his loan permanent, which will become official this summer for an absolutely incredible €7m. And despite still technically being on loan at the club and not fully owned by them, he's expected to depart in the close season with the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich all linked with a move. So you'd expect Frankfurt to sell him for 10x what they paid which is surely a contender for the best bit of transfer business in recent times.

Firmly in the shop window

The money thrown around in the modern game means that recruiting top talent doesn't come cheap, so Frankfurt will be charging a premium for any club looking to recruit their prized asset. Prolific strikers are the rarest commodity and plenty of big sides are in the market for exactly that this summer, so Jovic will be keen to put himself in the shop window.

Chelsea are a club in need of a new forward too with Gonzalo Higuain's underwhelming loan from Juventus set to end, so Maurizio Sarri is likely to be keeping a keen eye on the Serbian's performance. Facing the Premier League outfit is likely to be the biggest game of his career to date and he'll be relishing the challenge of potentially taking Eintracht to a European final.

So far in this competition he's managed to step up to the plate, netting an immensely impressive 8 goals in just 9 starts - putting him in second position in the scoring charts behind Olivier Giroud. He's a man for the big occasion which is shown by him bagging in each round of the knockouts and Chelsea's backline will have to be on top form to stop him.

There's a number of reasons why Jovic is so highly rated, with the main being that he's such an incredibly well-rounded footballer. The 21 year-old is quick, physical, handy in the air and has a real eye for goal which has seen him score some outrageous goals this season - which includes a 5 goal haul against Fortuna Dusseldorf back in October.

One of his strikes that day included a ridiculous overhead kick which proves he's capable of anything, so it comes as no surprise that a number of clubs are interested in his services. Many have likened him to Radamel Falcao and Luis Suarez which is a testament to the 21 year-olds ability & it's easy to see the comparison. Eintracht Frankfurt's sporting director Fredi Bobic has said that "he'll be the best striker in Europe" and with the way he's developed at such a young age it's certainly a possibility.

Regardless of Frankfurt's end to the season, Jovic is going to be a man in demand and with some of the worlds biggest football clubs looking to re-build this summer, he'll certainly have some interesting offers on the table.

The Bundesliga outfit are the club that has really put him on the map and they'll be hoping that they can get at least one more season out of him before he moves on. Winning the Europa League, which would mean qualifying for the Champions League, could be enough to tempt him to say. But whether he stays or leaves next year, they're bound to make an absolutely massive profit on him which marks fantastic business by the club.


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