Eintracht Frankfurt striker Luka Jovic has the ability to play for the first team of Barcelona, according to Serbia boss Mladen Krstajic.
The Catalan club’s management trio of Eric Abidal, Pep Segura and Ramon Planes travelled to Milan last week to see the Bosnian-born player face Inter in the Europa League.
Last month, 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.
Subsequent follow-up reports in both El Mundo Deportivo and ESPN FC then verified the news of the Blaugrana’s interest, as they seek a long-term replacement for Luis Suarez.
The striker found the net during Wednesday night’s 1-1 draw between Serbia and Germany, once more bringing him to wider attention.
“I’m not his agent so I don’t know about any interest from Barcelona, but he definitely has the potential to play for a club of that stature,” Krstajic told reporters after the game.
The striker has 15 goals in 18 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.
Jovic is also said to be gaining attention from both Liverpool and Bayern Munich and Frankfurt are expected to sign the striker outright from Benfica this summer before potentially selling him straight away to make a profit.