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Real Madrid sign Eintracht Frankfurt striker, Luka Jovic

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Real Madrid have signed striker Luka Jovic from Eintracht Frankfurt for an undisclosed fee, subject to a medical.

The 21-year-old Serbia international has agreed a six-year deal with Zinedine Zidane’s side.

Jovic only joined Eintracht on a permanent deal in April, when they activated a clause following a two-year loan spell from Benfica.

The forward – who has four caps for Serbia – scored 27 goals in 48 games for the German club this season.

He was also named in Uefa’s Europa League squad of the season after scoring 10 goals on their run to the semi-finals, where they lost on penalties to eventual winners Chelsea.

While both clubs have decided to keep the fee secret, it is widely reported to be in excess of £50m. Frankfurt are thought to have paid about £6.2m (7m euros) for him in April.

A brief statement from the Liga giants on their official website read: “Real Madrid CF and Eintracht Frankfurt have agreed to the transfer of player Luka Jovic, pending a medical examination.

“The player will be tied to the club for the next six seasons, until June 30, 2025.”

Real were expected to spend big this summer after enduring a testing 2018-19 campaign. It is suggested that they have parted with around €70 million (£62m/$79m) in order to bring in Jovic.

Frankfurt’s sporting director Fredi Bobic has said: “Luka Jovic is a big loss for us.

“His explosiveness and scoring skills have spread 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 pain 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 will join an attacking pool of talent in the Spanish capital that includes Karim Benzema and Mariano Diaz.

He will be hoping to hit the ground running in La Liga, with Zidane’s side in need of inspiration from somewhere as they seek to get back on the trophy trail in 2019-20.

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