Chester FC won't benefit from the sell-on clause agreed when Antoni Sarcevic moved to Fleetwood Town after the midfielder left the League One club on a free transfer.
Fleetwood paid the Blues an undisclosed fee to sign Sarcevic in June 2013 on a three-year contract with the deal including a number of add-ons, including a sell-on clause understood to be worth 30%.
Manchester-born Sarcevic helped the Cod Army to promotion in May 2014, scoring the winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Burton Albion in the League Two play-off final at Wembley .
His form drew attention from Championship clubs and a big money transfer would have provide Chester with a welcome financial boost, however a move did not materialise.
Sarcevic has been a regular for Fleetwood in League One over the past two seasons but after making 105 league appearances he confirmed his departure on Twitter.
He is understood to have agreed terms with a new club and an announcement is expected soon. With his contract having expired, Sarcevic becomes a free agent and the sell-on clause with Fleetwood no longer applies.
Sarcevic first moved to Chester on loan from Crewe Alexandra in October 2010 before being recalled.
He remained on the radar and Neil Young paid a modest four-figure fee to sign the ex-Woodley Sports man in November 2011 and within 18 months he had become one of the hottest properties outside of the Football League.
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Sarcevic helped the Blues to back-to-back league titles, was named the Conference North player of the year and won England C selection.
Crewe received around 10% of the transfer fee from Fleetwood as part of the deal that took Sarcevic to Chester.