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Barcelona want to sign Frankfurt's Luka Jovic this summer, not Antoine Griezmann

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Barcelona are on course for yet another trophy-laden season in Spain.

As it stands the Blaugrana are 10 points clear at the top of La Liga, through to the Champions League quarter-finals and in the Copa del Rey final.

Winning La Liga seems inevitable and they're heavy favourites for the Copa del Rey - they face Valencia in the final - but the Champions League will be tricky.

Last week Barca drew Manchester United in the quarter-finals and they're expected to win the tie, despite their opponents' form under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

What they really need to be worried about is the presence of Manchester City, who are arguably the best team in the world right now.

Barcelona aren't quite as dominant in Europe as they used to be and if they fail to win the Champions League this season, big changes should be expected in the summer.

A new centre-back has been touted in recent months as well as a replacement for Luis Suarez, who at 32 years old is starting to show his age on the pitch.

Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt, 19, is a reported target as Barcelona look to make it a double swoop following the £75m signing of Frenkie de Jong in January.

And as for a new striker, Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann has emerged as a target after L'Equipe recently reported that he regrets turning Barca down last summer and now wants to join.

Athletic Club v  Club Atletico de Madrid - La Liga

Griezmann is a world-class forward who would undoubtedly thrive alongside the likes of Lionel Messi and Ousmane Dembele, but according to Sport, Barcelona aren't so keen.

And why? Because they want 21-year-old Eintracht Frankfurt striker Luka Jovic instead. Sport claim Barcelona have three reasons for preferring the youngster over Griezmann:

"They are very disappointed after last summer's debacle," the report states. "Griezmann would also cost a huge amount and not fit on the salary scale. He also turns 28 this week."

FC Internazionale v Eintracht Frankfurt - UEFA Europa League Round of 16: Second Leg

Griezmann's value and age are working against him right now, not to mention the fact he rejected Barcelona just nine months ago. Clearly they haven't forgotten.

Jovic represents a younger and more long-term signing for Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde, who has been impressed by the Serbian's goalscoring exploits in Germany.

In 24 league appearances he's scored 15 goals, not to mention seven goals in 10 Europa League games.

One complication for Barcelona is that Jovic is currently on loan at Frankfurt from Benfica, so a transfer would depend on any prior agreements between the two clubs.

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