Chelsea join Barcelona in £40m transfer race for Frankfurt striker Luka Jovic
CHELSEA are ready to fork out up to £40million to lure Bundesliga top goalscorer Luka Jovic to Stamford Bridge.
The 21-year-old – on loan at Eintracht Frankfurt from Benfica – is also being chased by the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Jovic – who has banged in 19 goals in 27 games in all competitions this season – has fired Frankfurt up to fifth in the table.
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is understood to have targeted the Serbian international as a summer replacement for Olivier Giroud, 32.
And German news outlet Bild claim that Blues officials have approached Jovic’s Portuguese parent club with an offer of around £40m.
Speaking recently, Jovic said: “I feel honoured that big clubs are showing interest in me.
“But at the moment I am happy to be with Frankfurt, and I feel good with them.
“For the time being I will just focus on Eintracht. They are my top priority.”
The German side have the option to sign the Serb on a permanent deal.
Jovic joined Benfica from home-country club Red Star Belgrade in 2016, and has two years left on his contract.
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He joined Frankfurt on a season-long loan last summer, and hit FIVE goals in a 7-1 win over Fortuna Dusseldorf in October.
Jovic has won 63 Serbia caps at various age levels, including three for the senior side.