Despite FIFA’s transfer ban on Chelsea, the Blues are still making plans for this summer’s transfer window as the club hopes to an appeal to CAS will freeze the transfer ban this summer.
According to Spanish media outlet Marca via The Sun, Barcelona and Chelsea are in the race to sign Eintracht Frankfurt striker Luka Jovic this summer.
The report claims Barcelona see the 21-year-old striker as a long-term replacement for Barcelona striker Luis Suarez.
It is believed Chelsea are eyeing a summer move for the striker with the club reportedly hesitant over making Gonzalo Higuain’s loan deal from Juventus permanent.
However, Barcelona are reportedly leading Chelsea in the race to sign the striker who has scored 22 goals already this season and assisted seven more in just 35 appearances this season.
Jovic is on loan at Frankfurt from Benfica but is set to join the German club for just under £4million at the end of the season. Frankfurt are reportedly willing to sell the striker for £50million this summer.
Speaking about Jovic’s future, Frankfurt sporting director Fredi Bobic said: “He’s developing, he’s great, he’s scoring lots of goals.
“What do I know? We’ll see about that but nothing in February and now in March, because even the big clubs have to look first.
“Will they be league champions? Do they play Champions League? It will be decided much later when they’ve made big offers.
“I’m not worried. First of all, let’s see if we can achieve something this season, that’s the most important thing.
“I don’t know. I don’t know what’s going on behind my back.
“I can only say that officially there’s been no contact.”