Tottenham are set to go head-to-head with London rivals Chelsea for the services of Eintracht Frankfurt striker Luka Jovic, according to CalcioMercato.
Mauricio Pochettino has plenty of reason to be concerned about his squad’s lack of depth in attack beyond Harry Kane and it is likely he will move to erase this problem in January, where an exciting addition could be on the cards.
CalcioMercato states Spurs will fight Chelsea in the market for Eintracht Frankfurt’s 20-year-old striker Luka Jovic, who has excelled in the initial months of his loan from Benfica by nine goals in 10 matches across all competitions – including five in a 7-1 drubbing of Fortuna Dusseldorf on Friday.
Frankfurt have an option to purchase the Serbia international on a permanent basis and will likely exercise that clause, but both Spurs and Chelsea could offer the opportunity for the Bundesliga side to earn a bumper payday.
Tottenham’s overreliance on Kane has been on the verge of becoming a major issue for a number of seasons, with Pochettino not having a back-up to the forward within his squad – and the threat of an injury looms over Spurs’ campaign.
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By signing Jovic, Spurs would be able to rest Kane in fixtures that are deemed to be less important and have the cover should the worse case scenario occur with their main man, which could prove to be crucial in the hunt for a top-four finish.
However, the fact that Jovic’s loan runs until the end of the season means that a deal is unlikely to be secured in the January window as Frankfurt will be determined to retain the services of the in-form striker, as they seek to retain a spot in European competitions.