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Chelsea join Barcelona in £40m transfer race for Frankfurt striker Luka Jovic

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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.

Serbian striker Luka Jovic has been in stunning form on loan at Eintracht Frankfurt this season
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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.

Jovic, 21, has banged in 19 goals in all competitions this season as he leads the scoring charts in the Bundesliga
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Jovic is being chased by the likes of Chelsea, Barcelona and Real Madrid
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“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.

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