Arsenal are hoping to use their connections to see off competition from Liverpool FC and Manchester United in Nice midfielder Jean-Michael Seri, according to a report.
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. However, the move away from Nice never materialised and he subsequently stayed in France.
The Daily Mirror is reporting that the Gunners are interested in a potential deal to sign the Ivory Coast global at the end of the 2017-18 season. Arsenal have reignited their interest in Seri heading into the transfer window this summer, with Chelsea emerging as the latest club in his pursuit. He has been a key player for Nice this season and has made 30 league appearances.
Will it be Chelsea or Arsenal for Seri?
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Seri was formerly a target for La Liga champions Barcelona. Tiemoue Bakayoko has only just started showing some signs of the potential that would ideally make him a long term solution in midfield, but he is still some way off the required levels.
Seri could be the answer to our midfield struggles.
There remains an uncertainty over the managerial positions at both Chelsea and Arsenal which could play a part in any negotiations.
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. However, the £40M-rated 26-year-old is thought to be favouring a move to either Man City or Chelsea.