City join Jovic chase
Goal’s Manchester City correspondent Sam Lee is, on Wednesday, reporting that City are keeping tabs on Frankfurt forward, Luka Jovic.
*exhales deeply* A small bit of fresh transfer news https://t.co/yym2nn3P0m
— Sam Lee (@Sammy_Goal) February 27, 2019
Jovic is currently in the midst of a two-year loan deal from Portuguese outfit, Benfica.
When Jovic’s loan deal runs out at the end of the 2018/19 season, Frankfurt will reportedly have the option to buy him for a small fee of £5.3m.
This is a real steal for the Bundesliga side given the 21-year-old’s impressive season so far.
In 21 Bundesliga games this campaign, Jovic has scored 15 and assisted six.
In total, he has scored 21 and assisted seven in 31 games this season.
According to the report from Goal, once Frankfurt have signed Jovic they will look to sell him on for around £52m.
Man City need a Fernandinho replacement
While signing Jovic would be a solid bit of business for City, should they not be focusing their transfer efforts on a holding midfielder?
City’s main man to fill this role is currently Fernandinho. The Brazilian has been on top form this season and is essential to Man City’s setup under Pep Guardiola.
However, he is now 33 years of age and injuries are becoming more frequent, which won’t be helped by the number of games he is having to play this season.
Fernandinho missed two league games earlier in the season vs Crystal Palace and Leicester. City went on to lose both fixtures.
The holding midfielder also suffered a muscle injury in the League Cup final and is unlikely to feature for Man City vs West Ham on Wednesday.
Given how much City rely on the ageing Fernandinho, perhaps they should be more focused on signing his replacement this summer.