On March 20th, Mundo Deportivo reported that Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann and Luka Jovic of Eintracht Frankfurt have emerged as two options to strengthen Barcelona’s attack.
The Serbia international is on loan at the Bundesliga club from Benfica and the former have the option to make the striker’s deal permanent, which they’ll do.
On the front page of today’s edition of Sport, it’s claimed the La Liga winners are accelerating their efforts in signing a new striker and Jovic and Valencia’s Rodrigo Moreno are the two players who have emerged as priority options for the Blaugrana.
The Spanish champions have closely followed the 21-year-old’s emergence for Eintracht Frankfurt and have also positioned themselves well with his environment, thinking the asking price would be economical.
Any approach from the Catalan club to sign Jovic has been made complicated by the emergence of Paris Saint-Germain, as Thomas Tuchel has informed their leaders to make an approach for him.
That’s a hard one to take completely seriously, given PSG are thoughts to have priorities elsewhere.
It’s stated that with PSG joining the race, Jovic’s price could increase from €60m to €80m.
His profile is liked by the Camp Nou sporting leaders, but Ernesto Valverde bets on Rodrigo as the manager has suggested the club bring in the Valencia player.
The 28-year-old’s offensive technique and ability to gel well with the team is appreciated by the coach and the Barca management. He is not a ‘killer’ inside the box, but his mobility and versatility is what makes him attractive for Barcelona.
Rodrigo has a release clause of €120m, but his employer is open to the idea of negotiating a transfer for a lower fee.
Sport claims they could face competition from Real Madrid as the striker is still on their list of targets.