Opposition fans have trolled Chelsea after target Jules Kounde signed for Barcelona with a €1billion (£839.6m) release clause.
The Blues' interest in France centre-back Kounde stretched back to last summer, but he has instead opted to join Catalan giants Barca from fellow La Liga side Sevilla. The 23-year-old is set to sign a five-year contract with them when he's unveiled on Monday (August 1).
And as has become customary at the Camp Nou, he's been given an 11-figure release clause. One fan joked: "I think it's for Chelsea to go nowhere near him."
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A second sarcastically asked: "Chelsea y’all got a billion?" Another tweeted: "Chelsea trigger his release clause to quench the anger."
And a fan of financially-stricken Barca humorously pleaded: "Chelsea can please come and buy Kounde now that we've set his release clause for €1b. Chelsea please come and buy ooo."
Sevilla's director of football, Monchi, explained how Chelsea had agreed a deal for Kounde last week but then had second thoughts about whether he was the right signing for them. Stamford Bridge chiefs did return to the table, but Barca had swooped in and trumped their offer.
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Explaining his motivation for the move, Kounde told the club's media: "The coach Xavi is one of the great reasons why I’m here. I’ve spoken to him several times and the way he spoke was captivating.
"We had some good conversations, we see football in the same way. Now it’s a question of coming into the team, doing my best and getting as many minutes as possible."
Chelsea's search for another defender continues. According to Sky Sports, they're interested in making a move for Leicester City's Wesley Fofana.
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