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.