Real Madrid are considering a summer move for Eintracht Frankfurt’s Luka Jovic and are more likely to sign the striker than Barcelona, report Marca.
The report cites an excellent working relationship between Madrid and the German club, while Raul de Tomas could be used in a potential cash plus player deal.
Last month, El Mundo Deportivo claimed Barcelona transfer gurus Eric Abidal and Ramon Planes scouted the Serbian international in their clash with Portugal.
This followed on from a report in The Guardian which claimed the Catalan club are prepared to pay €50m for the Frankfurt striker while Abidal, Planes and Pep Segura also watched him for his club in the Europa League win over Inter.
However, the player’s father has subsequently stated that the in-demand player was ‘not interested’ in a switch to the Camp Nou.
“Luka had many offers – one of them was Barca but he's not interested now,” Milan Jovic told Bild.
“He's not sure he had any minutes at Barca. The truth is that Luka wants to stay in the Bundesliga and qualify with the Eintracht for the Champions League.”
In February, Marca cited a report in Frankfurter Allgemeine that the Blaugrana and the player have ‘laid the foundations for a deal’ although stressed there was no agreement yet with the German club.
However, these fresh reports claim the Bosnian-born striker’s valuation has now rocketed to €60m due to interest from Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain, among others.
The striker found the net during the recent 1-1 draw between Serbia and Germany, once more bringing him to wider attention.
The striker has 17 goals in 20 league starts this season, more than anyone else in the division apart from Robert Lewandowski, while he has also netted seven goals in the Europa League this campaign.
The 21-year-old joined Frankfurt from Benfica in 2017, initially on a loan deal having begun his career at Serbian giants Crvena Zvezda and is now said to be being monitored by Barca.
Frankfurt are expected to sign the striker outright from Benfica this summer before potentially selling him straight away to make a profit.