Blow for Arsenal, Chelsea as agent of €40m star says Napoli move is likely

Date published: Thursday 14th June 2018 4:00 - Samuel Bannister

The agent of Arsenal and Chelsea target Jean-Michael Seri has provided an update on the midfielder’s future, which isn’t good news for the Premier League pair.

The Nice midfielder has impressed in his three seasons at the Ligue 1 club, attracting interest from European giants Barcelona and PSG, as well as several Premier League clubs.

However, Serie A side Napoli have now emerged as favourites to land the 26-year-old.

Agent Franklin Mala told CalcioNapoli: “We hope to have positive news from Naples in the next few hours. There’s been informal contact with Napoli, but still no step forward from [Aurelio] De Laurentiis’ club. We’re ready to meet Napoli.

“Napoli are in pole position, Seri prefers Naples to anywhere else. Napoli need to speed up in every way to close the deal.

“His €40m release clause expires on July 15, so they have to pay it by that date. After July 15, Nice can ask for any amount.

“There are two Premier League teams in for Seri but I can’t say anything else.”

Unai Emery had reportedly sounded out Seri as one of his major targets in his new job at Arsenal, as he looks to add to his midfield, whilst Chelsea are considering him as a replacement for Danny Drinkwater.

However, Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli are now favourites to capture the highly-rated Ivorian – which could pave the way for Jorginho to move to Manchester City.

The Brazil-born Italian has been heavily linked with a move to the Etihad Stadium to link up with the Premier League champions.


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