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According to reports in Spain via Football London, Arsenal face a strong competition in their bid to sign Jean-Micheal Seri as Barcelona are now getting closer to sealing a deal to sign the £33m Nice midfielder.
Arsene Wenger has been tipped to commence transaction in the transfer market during the closing stages of the window once he has managed to offload some of the squad members.
A new central midfielder is seemingly a top priority as the Daily Mail reported recently that Wenger is set to launch a late bid to sign Seri after identifying him as a prime target.
The Ivory Coast international has emerged as one of the best players in his position in French football after his 7 goals and 9 assists contributed to Nice’s third place finish in Ligue 1 last season
Football London claim Arsenal have already held preliminary talks with Nice about a deal but were unwilling to meet Seri’s £33m release clause, and certainly not before they get rid of the likes of Jack Wilshere, Lucas Perez, Mathieu Debuchy, Kieran Gibbs and Joel Campbell.
It seems this delay is now going to be to Arsenal’s detriment as the newspaper is citing a report from El Mundo Deportivo that claims Barcelona are now set to secure a deal to sign Seri.
The Spanish publication says that Barca are now going hard with negotiations with Nice to sign the 26-year-old and expect to wrap-up a £33m deal before the transfer deadline.
If true, this will be a huge disappointment as Seri is a top class central midfielder who’s available at a bargain price so there is no excuse why Gunners have dragged their feet in getting the deal done.