Real Madrid ‘accelerate move’ for striker Luka Jovic

Real Madrid have accelerated their move to sign Eintracht Frankfurt striker Luka Jovic with a deal close, report Diario AS.

The striker has 17 goals in 21 Bundesliga starts this season, more than anyone else in the division apart from Robert Lewandowski, while he has also netted eight goals in the Europa League this campaign.

The report follows on from a similar line from fellow Madrid daily Marca, which claims the Bosnian-born striker is the ‘number one choice’ at the outgoing European champions to reinvigorate their attack.

Frankfurt signed the striker permanently from Benfica in an €8m deal this week but they are now expected to sell him to Los Blancos for a sizable profit.

Madrid are said to hold a strong interest in the Serbian and are willing to pay €70m for his signature, say reports, while Barcelona are said to be no longer in the running.

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.

Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain are also interested in a deal.

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