Deal Close: Arsenal To Beat Barcelona In Signing Club Saviour Next Week

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Barcelona have joined the race to land Arsenal target Jean Michael Seri from Nice, as reported by the Mundo Deportivo.

The Ivory Coast international has become one of the most in demand midfield talents in the region on the back of a stunning campaign for Nice.

Roma were believed to have won the hunt to secure Seri’s services. However, the move broke down as the two sides failed to agree on a fee for the footballer.

Arsenal have been watching Seri closely for most of the summer, yet could face stiff competition from Barcelona for the 26-year-old.

La Liga giants are in the market for a creative midfielder before the close of the window and after failing to land Marco Verratti and Ander Herrera, of PSG and Manchester United respectively, have since turned their thought to Seri.

Paulinho was another who the La Liga side chased, though Guangzhou Evergrande favoured against selling the former Spurs ace, which has seen Barcelona look towards the Nice star.

Seri would probably welcome the opportunity to join Barcelona, while the midfielder has a €40m release clause in his Nice deal.

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