Despite being at fault for Marseille’s second goal against OGC Nice on Sunday, Jean-Michaël Seri has still had an incredible season for the Ligue 1 side, to the extent where he could end up moving elsewhere in the summer.
Rumours of interest from Borussia Dortmund have emerged, who join both Everton and Southampton as potential suitors for the Ivory Coast international.
With six goals and nine assists in 37 appearances for the French club this season, the 25-year-old has shown he is a very talented and well-rounded midfielder, and that is why Nice are expected to ask €40m for his services in the upcoming transfer window.
While release clauses are forbidden in France, Sportmania in Ivory Coast report the club and the player’s representative have agreed that €40m is the price teams such as Everton and Southampton would have to pay Nice to convince them.
Bought for £850k two seasons ago from Paços de Ferreira, selling Seri would allow Nice to make a huge profit in a short amount of time, also allowing him to further his career elsewhere and continue to develop.
However, the fee could put off more than one interested club, even if £33.6m tends to be an average price in the transfer market these days, especially for a player capable of both scoring and assisting from deep.
Whether Ronald Koeman or Claude Puel decide to go all out for him remains to be seen, but €40m appears to be the recurring fee in reports these days.
It’s a lot, but it’s also probably worth it.