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Barcelona are close to signing Nice midfielder Jean-Michel Seri, according to reports.
Seri has been heavily linked with a move to Arsenal and Wenger was expected to make a concrete move in the latter stages of the transfer window.
It appears that won’t be happening as Barcelona are now set to sigm the Côte d’ivoire international.
Last week, it was Liverpool who were threatening Arsenal’s chances of signing the midfielder but both English clubs are set to miss out on the midfielder after Barcelona renewed their interest.
The Spanish giants enquired about Seri last month but deemed hia £33m release clause too expensive and turned their attention to Paulinho but the supercoppa defeat to Real Madrid last week has forced Barcelona back into the market and they have rekindled their interest in Seri.
According to El Mundo Deportivo via Football.London, Barcelona have stepped up Seri’s pursuit and a deal could be finalized this week.
The Catalan’s are finding it difficult to sign Coutinho from Liverpool and would turn their attention to Seri, who is considered a more attainable target.
A deeplying playmaker with a good range of passing and ability to dictate play, Seri is regarded as one of Europe’s best midfielders and is the kind of player Arsenal need to replace Santi Cazorla but Barcelona are set to activate the midfielder’s release clause after getting so much money from Neymar’s sale.
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