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Report making the round claims Chelsea have an edge over Manchester United in the race to sign Eintracht Frankfurt star Luka Jovic, despite the Blues’ transfer ban.
The Blues are still hopeful that a decision will be overturned by an appeal lodged to FIFA was handed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
The CAS may decided to file a temporary motion which will freeze the ban, allowing Chelsea to attempt to make signings this summer.
If the ban is put on hold, Chelsea will make their move for Jovic this summer.
And according to Football.London, there’s one thing that is giving them the edge over United, who are also said to be interested in the Serb.
Chelsea have qualified for next season’s Champions League, which the report also states is of high importance to Jovic.
United missed out on the Champions League after finishing sixth in the league this season.
The highly-rated 21-year-old will not be short of offers in the summer with Real Madrid and Barcelona both linked – but it’s Maurizio Sarri who desperately needs him.
With Eden Hazard expected to leave, Gonzalo Higuain failing to live up to expectations and Olivier Giroud not fancied, Jovic could be the man to lead Chelsea’s charge next term, and beyond.
Jovic’s stock is certainly high around Europe.
But those who have played with him at Frankfurt are also big fans of the young attacker.
“He is the best finisher I ever played with,” Alexander Meier, who played for the German side for 14 years told the Guardian
“Nobody from our team really knew him when he arrived.
“But in training you could see immediately that he’s just amazing in front of goal.
“He has everything. Heading, shooting, left foot, right foot. Inside the box he knows exactly where the ball will fall down.
“He was so young but already so cool and confident; you could tell he would score many times.”