Arsenal hold talks with 26-year-old Chelsea FC transfer target

Arsenal FC transfer news Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri targeted by Gunners- reports

Seri in Nice training

The Ivory Coast worldwide, who saw a proposed move to Spanish giants Barcelona break down last summer, is in high demand, with fellow London rivals Chelsea also believed to be keen on adding the 26-year-old to their ranks.

Chelsea are reportedly poised to pip Arsenal to the signing of OGC Nice star Jean-Michael Seri.

Jean Michael Seri was wanted by Arsenal's sporting director while at Barcelona last summer.

Seri has been a standout performer for Nice over the course of the last two seasons and has been continuously linked with a move to the Premier League.

The Ivory Coast worldwide has emerged as a top class midfielder in the last two seasons with the Ligue 1 outfit, displaying well versed, balanced performances on a weekly basis.

There stays an uncertainty over the managerial positions at each Chelsea and Arsenal which might play a component in any negotiations. The Mirror backs the reports that Gunners have indeed contacted the player, but the report also mentions that Chelsea are still favourites to sign the highly-rated central midfielder.

Should Seri indeed move to one of the London clubs this summer, he will be joining a team without Champions League football next season.

Both Arsenal and Chelsea are looking for new managers, so we don't expect any deal to culminate in the near future. Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri also appears to be in the running for the job at the North London club.

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