Transfer Talk: Barca scouting Frankfurt's Jovic; Spurs preparing for Eriksen departure

Updated: March 15, 2019
Craig Burley refuses to name Barcelona Champions League favourites after their big win over Lyon, due to their defensive inconsistency.

The transfer window for Europe’s biggest clubs is closed, but click here for all the deals, and keep track of who has joined the big boys. Transfer Talk will continue to scour the world’s media and set correspondents loose to see what’s on the agenda for the summer.

Jovic could be Barca’s striker of the future

Marca claims Barcelona director of football Eric Abidal was at the San Siro on scouting duty on Thursday night, adding fuel to speculation that the Spanish giants are plotting a move for Eintracht Frankfurt striker Luka Jovic.

Abidal was joined by his assistant Ramon Planes, as well as general manager of football Jose Segura, as the Barca hierarchy ran the rule over Eintracht’s top goalscorer.

The Serbian has notched 15 goals in just 23 Bundesliga appearances this season, and he found the net under the watchful eye of Abidal and co. as the Germans knocked Inter Milan out of the Europa League.

It has been a remarkable rise for Jovic, who couldn’t get a look-in at parent club Benfica after signing from Red Star Belgrade in February 2016. However, a two-year loan in Germany has put the 21-year-old firmly on the goalscoring map, and his form this season has alerted Europe’s elite.

Spurs ready for life after Eriksen

After two transfer windows that have seen Tottenham Hotspur fail to make a single signing, the north Londoners look set to make a splash in the summer market, with manager Mauricio Pochettino targeting as many as five signings.

Those on the Spurs shopping list include Championship duo Jack Grealish and Jarrod Bowen of Aston Villa and Hull, respectively, while Valencia midfielder Carlos Soler and Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic are also on the Tottenham radar.

Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha remains a long-term target, but the size of any potential transfer fee is likely to deter the prudent Spurs hierarchy from making a big-money bid.

The Daily Mail claims the summer splurge is to be offset by the impending departure of Danish playmaker Christian Eriksen. The 27-year-old’s contract expires in just over a year’s time, and with no sign of an extension being agreed, it appears the club would rather sell their man now, rather than potentially losing him for nothing in 2020.

Wijnaldum next in line for bumper Reds deal

Midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum is set to be the next high-profile Liverpool man to be handed a new contract by the club, and the Netherlands international says he remains relaxed about his future.

Wijnaldum still has over two years left on his contract, after agreeing a five-year deal when signing from Newcastle United in the summer of 2016, but Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp looks set to reward the 28-year-old with an extension, following an impressive season in the heart of the Reds midfield.

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo following his side’s victory over Bayern Munich in the Champions League, the former PSV Eindhoven man said: “No, I did not speak with the club yet. That is something for the club. I will see what happens.

“I signed a five-year contract and I am still under contract. I just do my job to perform. A new contract has to come from the club.”

Tap Ins

– West Ham and Manchester City are in the running for Argentina wonderkid Juan Sebastian Sforza. The 17-year-old is also wanted by European giants AC Milan, but TalkSport reckons a modest £1 million fee will be enough to secure the highly-rated midfielder. 

Iker Casillas looks set to extend his career by another year at least after triggering a contract extension at Champions League quarterfinalists Porto. The 37-year-old has made 34 appearances for the joint-leaders in the Portuguese top flight, and Marca reports he’s set to stay at Estádio do Dragao for another 12 months. 

– Benfica left-back Alejandro Grimaldo is on the watchlist of Premier League big boys Manchester City and Arsenal. Pep Guardiola remains keen to strengthen on the left side of defence following Benjamin Mendy’s injury problems, while Sport claims incoming Gunners Director of Football Monchi has been a long-term admirer of the Spaniard. 

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