With all the stories that are going around surrounding the future of Jean-Michael Seri, it’s easy to lose track of who might be ‘in the lead’ to sign the OGC Nice midfielder, with clubs like Chelsea, Arsenal reported to be keen.
Sky Sports News, for example, recently reported the Ivory Coast international was still a target for Arsenal, while Le10 Sport in France claimed it ‘won’t be long’ before Chelsea make a move.
The latest club to enter the mix appears to be Napoli in Serie A, as their new manager Carlo Ancelotti is a big fan of Seri’s ability.
Contacted by Sport Witness, the player’s representative agreed to clear the air on his client’s future.
He said: “It’s true that there are possibilities in England, so we’ll see, but Ancelotti has a strong image and is very respected by the players he’s managed, which can be a decisive factor for Seri.”
Following the failed move to Barcelona last season, and claims from the player himself he ‘struggled to train’ in the cold due to ingrown toenails, it would be easy to dismiss the rumours sending him to England.
However, that’s not how Seri does things.
His representative explained: “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.”
This means that if Unai Emery and whoever is Chelsea’s manager in the coming weeks really want Seri at their respective clubs, they’ll have to make sure the midfielder feels valued.
As for the price, the claims of a gentleman’s agreement between Nice and the 26-year-old are somewhat correct, but time is ticking if clubs want to get him at that price.
He continued: “Every year, there is a €40m clause that is valid until July 15th. Before then, they just have to offer the amount and there’s no need to have negotiations with Nice.”
That leaves interested sides a good month and a half to find the money required down the back of their sofa.