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Arsene Wenger has been dealt a blow in his pursuit of Nice star Michael Seri this summer.
The Gunners are believed to be intent on signing a new midfielder following the arrivals of Sead Kolasinac and Alexandre Lacazette.
Jean Michael Seri has emerged as one of the players whom Wenger is looking to sign to solve their midfield crisis.
However, according to reports, Barcelona have already commenced negotiation with the 26-year-old over a transfer move.
Seri has become a top target for several top clubs after an impressive 2016/17 campaign, and he showed why he has so many suitors with a sublime assist earlier this week.
The Ivorian has a release clause of €40 million (£36 million) which Arsenal were reportedly preparing to submit to Nice.
But with Barcelona now in the market for the midfielder’s services as well, the Gunners will have a difficult time signing Seri.