Chelsea lodge €45m bid for in-form striker wanted by Liverpool

Chelsea have made a €45million bid for Eintracht Frankfurt striker Luka Jovic, according to a report in Germany.

Despite signing Gonzalo Higuain in January, Chelsea are still believed to be looking for a striker with Olivier Giroud’s contract due to expire at the end of the season.

The 32-year-old France forward joined the Blues from Arsenal in January 2018, but he only penned an 18-month deal and keeping in line with club policy he is only likely to be offered a one-year extension, if at all.

And in Germany Bild have reported that Chelsea have lodged an offer with the Bundesliga side for 21-year-old forward Jovic, who is on fire this season.

Jovic, who is currently on loan at Frankfurt from Benfica, has hit 14 goals in 15 Bundesliga appearances and scouts from all over Europe have been tracking his progress.

Spanish paper Marca insist Barcelona hold a strong interest in signing the Bosnian-born striker after earmarking Jovic as a potential long-term replacement for Luis Suarez.

Bild reports that Bayern Munich are also keen and see Jovic as a successor to their own striker sensation and also claimed that Real Madrid were set to launch a €45m offer.

The German source have also claimed Liverpool are one of the major suitors to sign the Serbia striker this summer, having sounded out his agent over a potential move to Anfield.

Bild claim Jovic’s representative, Fali Ramadani, is currently in talks with Frankfurt to discuss potential options once the season has finished.

Frankfurt have already told Benfica they will exercise their right-to-buy Jovic at the end of the season and more likely than not they will sell him on immediately with Chelsea leading the chase with a £39million offer on the table.

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