After appearing to announce the signing of Angel Di Maria, Barcelona confirmed that their social media accounts were hacked.
The Argentina and Paris Saint-Germain attacker has been linked to Barca, who are still seeking reinforcements following Neymar’s exit to the Ligue 1 outfit.
A bizarrely timed tweet in the early hours of Wednesday morning, Spanish time, appeared to confirm the 29-year-old’s arrival at Camp Nou.
‘Welcome Angel Di Maria to FC Barcelona! #DiMariaFCB,’ the tweet read.
However, hackers quickly acknowledged their fake transfer ‘announcement’, although a series of tweets remained published for more than half an hour before Barca intervened.
Later, the club tweeted: ‘Our accounts have been hacked tonight. We’re working to solve the problem as soon as possible.
‘Thanks for your patience.’
Our accounts have been hacked tonight.
We’re working to solve the problem as soon as possible.
Thanks for your patience.
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) August 23, 2017
Barca are still seemingly looking to be active in the transfer market, with reports on Wednesday claiming the club had submitted yet another bid – this time £101-million plus add-ons – for Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho.
Photo: EPA/YOAN VALAT
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