According to The Sun, Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles is a transfer target for Chelsea manager Antonio Conte.
The Italian manager signed David Luiz and left-back Marcos Alonso in the summer as extra defensive options for his Blues squad but the report suggests he may be looking at the Magpies man as a further signing.
A fee of £18 million is being touted as the fee the Stamford Bridge club are looking to pay for the defender who, was made captain of the north-east side at the start of this season by manager Rafa Benitez.
Should the move go through, Lascelles would be competing with the aforementioned Luiz, Chelsea captain John Terry and Gary Cahill to get into the back-three Conte has switched to in recent weeks.
Lascelles has made 17 appearances in all competitions this season and, amid the rumours he could move, the Newcastle United fans have been quick to point out their objection to any such deal on Twitter.
Here are some of the best reactions:
Dear Chelsea, Jamaal Lascelles is NOT for sale. Please ruin someone else's career.#NUFC
— AndyK (@TheFilmOracle) October 30, 2016
Rumours Suggesting Chelsea Are Due To A Lodge An £18m Bid For Lascelles…If Its True..Thanks For Watching But He's Ours For Now! #NUFC
— #FordeHaveMercy (@FordeHaveMercy) October 30, 2016
— Luke Chambers (@lukechambers89) October 30, 2016
— Felix Janosa (@JanosaFelix) October 30, 2016
Sorry, but if a PL club paid £30m for Sissoko, then £18m for Capt. Lascelles is absolutely laughable #nufc
— Joe McLaughlan (@nufcUNITE) October 30, 2016