Luka Jovic has signed for Real Madrid in a £62million deal. The striker will join the Spanish giants on a six-year contract, pending a medical, after the two clubs agreed terms on a transfer on Tuesday morning.
The £62m fee is the largest amount Real have ever paid for a striker. He will also be their third most-expensive signing ever, behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.
Eintracht Frankfurt’s sporting director Fredi Bobic said: ‘
Luka Jovic is a big loss for us. His explosiveness and scoring skills have impressed throughout Europe and we’ve benefited not only from his goals over the past two years.
‘But for us it was clear that there is a financial threshold. For Eintracht Frankfurt this is a good and important transfer. We wish Luka only the best for his future.
‘He has the best qualifications for a great career. And we are proud that we were able to support him along the way.’
Jovic established himself as one of the most in-demand strikers in Europe after a brilliant season for Eintracht.
He bagged 17 goals in 32 appearances in the Bundesliga while adding 10 goals in 14 Europa League matches as Eintracht reached the semi-final stage of the competition.
Jovic broke through at Red Star Belgrade before joining Benfica. He then moved to Eintracht, initially on loan, before a permanent deal was completed this year.
The 21-year-old has won the Serbian SuperLiga, the Portuguese Primeira Liga and the German Cup during his still nascent career and has been capped four times by Serbia.
He will be hoping to carve a place for himself in Zinedine Zidane’s plans for the start of next season.
Zidane is looking to improve his side’s third-place finish this coming campaign with a huge overhaul of his squad this summer.
Chelsea star Eden Hazard remains top of his list of priorities, with a £100m deal expected to be completed in the coming weeks.
However, Zidane needs to move on a number of players – including Gareth Bale and Keylor Navas – if he is to be given the funds he needs to sign his other targets.