Liverpool told to pay £40m for free-scoring striker

Eintracht Frankfurt are understood to have quoted Liverpool an asking price of £40 million for in-form frontman Luka Jovic.

The Serbia international is enjoying the most prolific campaign of his career to date, having scored 21 times in 33 matches so far this season.

That form has brought him to the attention of some of European football’s big hitters, with Real Madrid, Manchester City and Bayern Munich all understood to be sniffing around, while recent reports have suggested Barcelona are leading the race for the forward.

However, it is Liverpool who are said to have the strongest interest in the Serbian striker, and the Bundesliga side are willing to offload Luka Jovic this summer if right offer arrives.

The Serbian is on a two-year loan in Bundesliga from Benfica, but Frankfurt will trigger the option to make a move a permanent for a fee of only £5.3 million.

But his ‘transfer’ to Frankfurt could be a short-lived one, as the German club have informed Liverpool they would want £40 million for the in-form striker if they follow up their initial interest with a firm enquiry this summer.

Liverpool are in the market for a new top-level striker with Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi certain to move on.

And Timo Werner has been strongly linked with the Merseysider club as a target for Jurgen Klopp, but interest in the RB Leipzig man is also far, and wide and the Merseysiders may find negotiations for Luka Jovic far less complex.