Tottenham are battling against North London rivals Arsenal for the signature of Nice’s €40 million-rated midfielder Jean-Michel Seri.
French outlet L’Equipe claims that a number of clubs, including Swansea and AS Roma are also interested in the 25-year-old, who starred for OGC Nice in Ligue1 last season. The club finished 3rd in the league standings and Seri scored 7 goals and 9 assists in the process. Seri has become one of the best midfielders in Ligue1 and only joined Nice from Pacas de Ferreira in 2015.
We haven’t signed any player so far this summer and need to get someone soon. Seri wouldn’t be the cheapest player in the world but he certainly did a great job from midfield last season and could provide a lot of competition to the likes of Mousa Dembele, Victor Wanyama and Eric Dier.
Seri still has two years on his current contract and isn’t in a hurry to sign a new one, owing to the interest shown by a number of clubs. The major hurdle standing in our way of signing the talented midfielder is that Arsenal have a strong interest in the 26-year-old as well.
Arsenal too require midfield reinforcements ahead of the season but their lack of Champions League football will surely play a role their transfer business. Nice want to keep hold of Seri until after the Champions League qualifier against Ajax, and qualifying for the tournament will be a huge boost for Lucian Favre’s side.
Seri might prefer playing for a side that has a greater number of French speakers but we have Champions League football and that will be a tantalising prospect for the Ivorian.
We already have a great first-team and only need to add a few players to increase our squad strength and Seri could provide a lot of quality to our midfield.
The 25-year-old is certainly another Ligue1 player that hit the high notes last season and a bidding war might take place to lure him away from France. Should it reach that stage, we might not be in a position to sign him up and with our fingers already burnt regarding other big name signings, Poch and team have to be a little wary of spending over the odds for any player.