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Barcelona have entered the race with Arsenal to sign Nice midfielder Jean-Michael Seri, according to reports in Spain.
Barca now have a huge transfer budget after receiving £198 million from Neymar’s world-record transfer to Paris Saint-Germain and are looking at improving several areas in the team.
As well as replacing the Brazilian, Barca are in the market for a new central midfielder and Paulinho had been targeted.
But Mundo Deportivo claims that Barca’s interest in the former Tottenham midfielder, who now plays for Guangzhou Evergrande, has now cooled and their attention has been turned to Seri.
Mundo Deportivo also claims that Seri would welcome the chance to join Barcelona and talks have already begun over a potential deal for the midfielder.
The 26-year-old has a release clause of €40m (£36m) in his contract with Nice and was one of the Ligue 1 club’s standout performers last season as they finished third in the French top flight.