Reportedly, Arsenal target Ivorian midfielder Jean Michael Seri has completed a shock move to Premier League new boys Fulham from Nice for a fee reported to be in the region of £18million.
Seri had been continually linked with a move to both Arsenal and Chelsea. Both London giants were linked with £35million bids for the midfielder last summer. However, the midfielder has now joined Fulham for a much smaller fee than mooted in the past.
Arsenal must be happy with their midfield options
It seems that Arsenal are satisfied with their midfield options. The Gunners already had the likes of Granit Xhaka, Aaron Ramsey and Mohamed Elneny available to new boss Unai Emery before the summer transfer window opened.
The north London club has now added Uruguayan international Lucas Torreira from Sampdoria and youngster Matteo Guendouzi from Lorient, so it seems that they are now pretty well covered in the centre of midfield.
Torreira could prove to be a particularly impressive signing, as he showed his ability in the World Cup for Uruguay. Guendouzi is unlikely to be a regular player in the first-team, but could offer a good back up option and could make cameo appearances next season.
Seri may never have been a transfer target
Reports linking the Gunners with a move for the midfielder may have been exaggerated. He may never have really been an Arsenal target in the first place. Seri is in his mid-twenties, and no big club has made a concrete move to sign him, which suggests there are doubts over him as a player.
He could turn out to be a top signing for Fulham, who are incredibly low on players, but maybe he was not what Arsenal needed in previous or current transfer windows. We will see how he does for the Cottagers.
A measured approach to the transfer market
While former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was considered somebody who did not like to spend money or was not allowed to spend money, the club did splash out significant fees on some big players.
This summer has seen the Gunners take a more measured approach to signing players this summer, as Sven Mislintat looks to work his magic once again in the transfer market. It may not benefit the club in the short-term, but it may work in the long-term as the north London club attempt to get back to the top of the English football tree.
Should Arsenal have made a move to sign Jean Michael Seri?