Eintracht Frankfurt sporting director Fredi Bobic knows that he has one of the Bundesliga’s finest young gems in Luka Jovic, but says that there has been no formal contact between his club and Bayern Munich with regards to a transfer of the talented forward.
In an interview with Sky Sports, Bobic directly addressed the rumors that the Bavarians had interest in the 21-year-old. Asked whether Bayern were pursuing Jovic, he said,
I don’t know. I can’t say (...) I do not know what’s going on behind my back, I can only say that’s official and there’s no contact [between Bavaria and Frankfurt].
The phrasing is, of course, very interesting as it left the door open for speculation that Bayern has had “off-the-record” discussions with Jovic’s representatives.
With regard to Jovic, Bobic is extremely pleased with the player’s development. Jovic has 21 goals and seven assists in 32 games across all competitions this season.
He’s developing, he’s doing great, he’s scoring a lot of goals.
Jovic’s fantastic production and play has drawn the attention of such clubs as Manchester City, FC Barcelona, and Real Madrid. The Serbia international is currently playing in Germany on loan from Benfica, but Eintracht Frankfurt has an option to buy him for somewhere between €6 and €12 million, which Die Adler will absolutely do.
As far as Bayern goes, Jovic’s value to the Bavarians is probably tied to a couple of different circumstances. Bayern has already agreed to terms with Hamburger SV on a transfer for Jann-Fiete Arp, while the club is also rumored to be heavily involved in trying to secure RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner.
Bayern is also allegedly on the hunt for players who would classify as pure wingers, such as Lille’s Nicolas Pepe, Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi, and Marseille’s Florian Thauvin. In addition, rumors have also tied Bayern to Juventus forward Paulo Dybala and Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz, so there has to be a breaking point as to what is fantasy versus what is reality with regard to who Bayern is really pursuing.
I would be hard-pressed to imagine Bayern bringing in more than three (even that may be a stretch) of those players over the course of one or two summers.