As per a report from RTL France tonight, Premier League giants Chelsea are currently locked in negotiations with highly-regarded Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri.
Seri, an 18-time capped Ivory Coast international, was one of the standout performers in Ligue 1 during the 2016/17 season, as Les Aiglons secured a shock place in the playoff round of the Champions League.
Controlling proceedings from the middle of midfield for the entirety of his side’s stellar campaign, the diminutive 26-year-old playmaker racked up 7 goals and 9 assists, catching the eye of some of Europe’s biggest sides in the process.
All of Barcelona, Tottenham, AS Roma and PSG were linked with summer moves for Seri, with the Blaugrana having even reached a deal with Nice, before pulling the plug on the transfer at the last minute.
Seri has since spoken out on several occasions regarding his immense disappointment at his dream move to the Camp Nou falling through in such agonizing fashion, with Barca having instead opted to bring in Paulinho from Guangzhou Evergrande last summer, and Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool in January.
Despite having struggled to make quite as impressive an impact this past season as he did last, Seri’s signature is once again being fought for by several European giants, with all of Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea named as admirers of the Nice star’s talents.
And, as per the aforementioned update courtesy of RTL journalist Christian Ollivier tonight, Chelsea are said to be in ‘advanced talks’ with Seri over a move to Stamford Bridge this summer, with Blues’ owner Roman Abramovich having personally chosen the African midfielder as an ideal signing:
— Christian Ollivier (@c_ollivier_rtl) June 5, 2018
It should be noted that the above report does not state that Chelsea have found a deal with Nice, though.