Arsenal are hot on the trail of Nice central midfielder Jean Michael Seri, according to reports from the Guardian. The reports suggest that the Gunners are in negotiations over a £20million deal for the star.
However, any potential deal could be complicated by the fact that the likes of Tottenham, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona are also believed to be interested in signing the midfield ace.
Seri has helped Nice to an unexpected challenge for the Ligue One title this season, as the Eaglets are currently six points behind French league leaders Monaco. The 25-year-old Ivory Coast international has scored six goals and produced nine assists in the French top-flight.
The midfielder has been one of the stars for Nice in their stellar campaign and his team have already qualified for the Champions League qualifier. Arsenal may not be able to offer Champions League football next season, with the odds against the Gunners clinching a spot in Europe’s elite competition. Arsene Wenger’s side are currently odds of 8/1 to finish in the top-four this season.
It seems that strengthening the centre of midfield is once again Arsenal’s priority. Swiss star Granit Xhaka only arrived in north London last summer but has not been the roaring success that fans would have hoped for.
The likes of Mohamed Elneny, Francis Coquelin and Aaron Ramsey have all endured unconvincing campaigns for the Gunners. Spanish playmaker Santi Cazorla has missed the majority of the season through injury and will miss the rest of the campaign.
The 32-year-old looks unlikely to leave Arsenal, despite rumours about a move elsewhere and doubts about his future at the north London. However, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger believes that the former Malaga will be a key player next season.
The Gunners have also been linked with the likes of RB Leipzig’s Naby Keita and Malaga’s youngster Pablo Fornals. As usual, the Gunners are being linked with a plethora of summer transfer targets, but Gunners boss Wenger is not one for spending big.
However, after what could be a very disappointing season it is clear that the north London club needs heavy reinforcements to be competitive next season. A lack of quality summer signings will only add to the fans current discontent at the club.
If Wenger stays the veteran boss will need to get it right in the transfer market in the summer. If he fails, then he will no doubt be in for far more vehement criticism next season.
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