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Arsenal And Liverpool Target Jean Michael Seri ‘Set For Nice Farewell’ – But Ligue 1 Side Say No Talks With Barcelona

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Ligue 1 club Nice insisted that they have not held talks with Barcelona over a move for their midfielder Jean Michael Seri.

Seri in action for Nice in the Champions League

According to reports, Seri is closing in on a move to Barcelona after being linked with Liverpool and Arsenal earlier this summer.

Reports suggest that the Catalan giants have agreed a €40m (£36.6m) fee with Nice for the Ivorian midfielder with his agent negotiating a deal over the weekend.

Jean Michael Seri with Nice manager Lucien Favre

And Mundo Deportivo claims that Seri will play his final game for the French side against Napoli in the second round clash of the Champions League playoffs before his move to Barcelona is finalised.

But Nice chief Julien Fournier has revealed that there has been no talks with Barcelona – suggesting Seri will not leave this summer.

“We haven’t negotiated with Barca, nor do I know of any negotiations lined up in the next few days,” Fournier told Sport.

“It’s true that he is open to listening to offers but he’s also happy at Nice, whether we qualify for the group stages of the Champions League or not.”

Seri in action for Nice

“They’re just rumours, so we haven’t set a price for Seri. I think the player will stay with us this season.”

Barcelona have made a positive start to their La Liga campaign with a 2-0 victory against Real Betis but they still need to address a lot of issues.

Klopp will not sell his star player

They had identified Philippe Coutinho as their No 1 target this summer but Reds have rejected three back-to-back bids from the Catalan giants and have made it clear that they will not sell their prized asset.

The Reds have turned down Barcelona’s £118million third bid for the Brazilian playmaker on Friday and now it is understood that the Catalan club have admitted defeat in their pursuit of the Liverpool star.

Dembele scored six goals and created 12 assists in the Bundesliga last season

There is still no clarity in a deal for Dortmund youngster Dembele, as the German club is not willing to sell the French winger, despite the youngster keen to make a switch the Nou Camp.

Anirban Das
Anirban Das's journey to Delhi via Kolkata involves football, music, curiosity (which one day can kill the cat) and food. Following global football opens up an infinite space within him in both the conscious and subconscious self, away from the din and bustle of the madding crowd. Supports Manchester United & Barcelona

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