Just the small matter of beating Barcelona to the punch stands in the way of the English duo.
The Catalans were close to landing the Ivory Coast international last summer but the deal fell through when the two clubs couldn’t agree the structure of the fee. Nice, third in last season’s Ligue Un after leading the table for a large slice of the season, currently sit in mid-table in a thoroughly disappointing campaign.
Losing Seri is inevitable and the feeling is on the Riviera that it will happen in January. The 26-year-old was valued at £45m but with other European clubs seemingly not interested, Barcelona were in pole position to negotiate a lower fee.
Liverpool may be able to usher the Catalans out of the picture by agreeing on a fee for Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho, 25. However, that may simply open the door for current Premier League leaders Manchester City to step in.
As usual, Paris St Germain are interested in adding the midfielder to their squad. Not necessarily because they need him, simply to deprive domestic rivals of their best talent. FFP Regulations are ineffective in control their rapacious appetite for players so claims that Seri is more interested in moving to England might well be greeted with a sigh of relief across the channel.