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Barcelona target “like Luis Suarez”; claims manager

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Barcelona are being linked to a number of high-profile attacking players as Luis Suarez finally sees his age catching up with him this season.

Barcelona transfer target Luka Jovic has similar attributes to potential new team-mate Luis Suarez, according to Serbia boss Mladen Krstajic. The 21-year-old striker has been in red hot form for Eintracht Frankfurt this season, scoring 15 goals in 24 Bundesliga appearances. His recent performances have attracted attention from a number of top European clubs. However, the Blaugrana are said to be the frontrunners to land his signature during the summer transfer window.

“Jovic similar to Suarez”

“All I can say is that of course, I wish him all the best and the greatest possible success, and it is clear that he has enormous potential,” Krstajic told T-Online. “He can achieve great things. I might compare him to Barcelona ‘s Luis Suarez. He is a classic goalscorer, with very good ball handling and a great understanding of the game.”

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“He is courageous and at any time dangerous because he always lurking for his chance, and he can exploit the smallest mistake of his opponent. Sometimes he seems listless, but that deceives the defenders and makes him even more dangerous.”

Krstajic on Jovic’s teammates at Frankfurt

Serbia have an international friendly against Germany to look forward to on Wednesday. Then, the European Championships qualifying campaign begins with a trip to Portugal the following Monday. Frankfurt duo Mijat Gacinovic and Filip Kostic were also named in Krstajic’s latest squad alongside Jovic. The 45-year-old Serbian manager went on to praise the club colleagues for the understanding they have developed on the pitch.

“All three have fitted really well into the system Frankfurt play,” he added. “Their individual qualities were, for me, never in question. They are showing there that three footballers from the Balkans can play together in one team. And with Croatia’s Ante Rebic there are even four. Jovic has adapted much faster to the football of the Bundesliga than many expected. But also Gacinovic and Kostic contribute a lot to the team’s harmony.”

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Eintracht Frankfurt’s Serbian triumvirate of Jovic, Kostic and Gacinovic.

Author’s Take

Luka Jovic is no stranger to being compared to world-class forwards. Once likened to Radamel Falcao and Sergio Aguero, Luka Jovic’s stock as a “complete forward” has risen substantially while on loan from Benfica in Germany’s financial capital. “You always have to be careful with superlatives, but for me, he has the potential to become a world-class striker,” enthused Frankfurt coach Adi Huetter. He has all the tools required to forge a career at the very top of the game. But will he fulfil his potential? That’s the question on every Serbian and (possibly) Catalan lip.

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