Arsenal face new suitors in pursuit of Seri, as key date is revealed

Date published: Thursday 24th May 2018 4:19 - Matthew Briggs

Arsenal, Man Utd, Chelsea and Borussia Dortmund may all be snubbed by reported transfer target Jean-Michael Seri.

The agent of the in-demand midfielder has spoken out about the future of the 26-year-old Ivory Coast international.

Yesterday the Daily Mail claimed new Arsenal head coach Unai Emery was pressing ahead and trying to make Seri his first signing for the club.

Emery tried to sign Seri for PSG last summer, although the player’s agent Franklin Mala claimed the Ligue 1 club’s interest was not genuine.

Seri was all set to sign for Barcelona last August for €40million and the only sticking point was the make up of the fee (£36m) before PSG came in for the player.

Apparently Serie A side Napoli are the latest club to express interest in Seri and the player’s agent, although unnamed by Sport Witness, has spoken out about the link to Naples.

“It’s true that there are possibilities in England, so we’ll see,” he told Sport Witness.

“But [new Napoli manager] Carlo Ancelotti has a strong image and is very respected by the players he’s managed, which can be a decisive factor for Seri.

“Basically, he works via his emotions. He’ll go where he’s most desired, so if you really want him and you’re welcoming… Because Napoli play nice football, and over the years they’ve become a bigger club, so he’s going to listen very carefully.

“Every year, there is a €40m clause that is valid until July 15. Before then, they just have to offer the amount and there’s no need to have negotiations with Nice.”


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