Arsenal In Talks With Agent But Chelsea Could Hijack Proposed £40m Deal

Insigne Seri

Arsenal chiefs have held talks with Nice over a potential move for Jean-Michael Seri, according to reports. According to the London Evening Standard, Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea are all thought to be considering moved for Seri ahead of the summer transfer window.

The newspaper says Arsenal are now pushing hardest to get a deal agreed with director of football Raul Sanllehi holding talks with Seri's representatives about a possible £40m move to the Emirates.

Seri has been a standout performer for Nice over the course of the last two seasons and has been continuously linked with a move to the Premier League. He has made 30 appearances in Ligue 1 this season and scored twice, as Nice finished sixth.

Arsenal's director of football, Raul Sanllehi, is reportedly leading the negotiations for the Ivory Coast global.

Arsene Wenger called time on his 22-years at the club, and the Emirates hierarchy are looking at bringing in a head coach rather than a manager. Reports suggest that the former Barcelona man still enjoys a good working relationship with Seri's camp.

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Chelsea, too, are in need of improving their squad considerably after a below par 2017-18 campaign, and midfield is rightly an area of concern.

However, Arsenal still have a long way to go in their pursuit as Chelsea remain in pole position to sign the player.

The only thing that appears certain is that whoever lands Seri will have to pay around £40 million - a fair price considering the current market conditions.

And a move for Seri is on the cards, but the Gunners face an uphill battle with the 26-year-old setting his sights elsewhere.

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