German club slapped £40m price tag on Liverpool dream target

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Eintracht Frankfurt’s hierarchy have quoted Manchester City and Liverpool an asking price of £40 million for in-form centre-forward Luka Jovic.

The Serbian star is enjoying the most prolific campaign of his career to date, having scored 22 times in 33 matches so far this campaign.

That form has brought the star to the attention of some of the European elite clubs, with Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Chelsea all reported to be sniffing around, while the latest reports have claimed Barcelona are in pole position for the forward.

However, it is both the Reds and the Citizens who are reported to hold serious interest in the player – and according to a British newspaper Metro – the Bundesliga club are willing to sell Luka this summer.

Serbia international is on a two-year loan in Bundesliga from Benfica but Eintracht Frankfurt are planning to trigger the option to make the switch a permanent one for a sum of just £5.3 million.

But his ‘transfer’ to the current club could be a short-lived one, with the German side reported to have told both Liverpool and Manchester City they would want £40m for the striker if they follow up their first interest with a firm enquiry in summer.

Manchester City are in the transfer market for another centre-forward to alleviate the pressure on Argentine star Sergio Aguero, though Spanish manager Pep Guardiola’s priority in summer is to find midfield competition and cover for the ageing Fernandinho.

The Reds, meanwhile, are in the transfer market for a new high-class striker with England international Daniel Sturridge certain to move on.

German star Timo Werner has been strongly considered as a target for Jurgen Klopp, but interest in the key RB Leipzig man is also far and wide and the club may find talks for Jovic far less complex.