Chelsea frustrated in attempt to land £32m Barcelona star

Chelsea could be thwarted in their attempts to land Barcelona midfielder Sergi Roberto, according to the Daily Star.

The Catalan giants are understood to be keen in increasing the 23-year old’s buyout clause in order to ward off interest from the struggling Premier League champions.

A product of the club’s famous La Masia academy system, Roberto has established himself as a key first-team player at the Camp Nou, earning plaudits with a wonderful display in the successful El Classico earlier this month.

It is understood that the former Spanish Under-21 international currently has a buyout clause of around £21.5m, though Blaugrana boss Luis Enrique is eager to see that price significantly increased.

The European champions are said to want to offer the midfield maestro a bumper new deal, taking the clause up to £32.5m.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho currently has two La Masia graduates already in his team, in the shape of Cesc Fabregas and summer signing Pedro.