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Chelsea have a free run at the signing of Jean-Michael Seri this summer after Arsenal ended their interest in the £30.7m-rated Nice midfielder, according to a report by TeamTalk.
Seri has developed in to one of the best all-round midfielders in French football since joining Nice from Pacos de Ferreira in 2015 while he’s also now a regular with the Ivory Coast national team.
The 26-year-old’s impressive displays attracted interest in a whole host of top clubs with TeamTalksaying that Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United were all initially chasing his signature.
Liverpool and United have since signed alternative midfielders which left Arsenal and Chelsea to battle it out over Seri’s signing but it seems the Blues have now emerged as the front runners.
TeamTalk are citing a report from the Evening Standard that claims Arsenal have withdrawn their interest in Seri meaning Chelsea have a free run to land the player if they meet his £30.7m release clause.
The newspaper says Arsenal boss Unai Emery has drawn-up a list of alternative targets including Sevilla midfielder Steven N’Zonzi – who worked under Emery during his time in Spain.