Chelsea Lead the Race, But Arsenal Serious About Nice Midfielder

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Arsenal opened talks with Nice midfielder Jean-Michael Seri over a £40m move this summer, according to a Daily Mirror report.

The Gunners, however, are set to be disappointed with the English paper claiming Chelsea are leading the race for his signature.

With Seri, nothing is certain. After an incredible season as Nice set a blistering pace in Ligue Un in 2016/17, Seri was all set to join Barcelona with a fee apparently agreed.

Yet no move emerged; Chelsea were also keen on the midfielder last summer, but never made a move. Seri is desperate to prove himself in Europe’s elite leagues with Nice after three years on the Cote D’Azur.

While Chelsea are reported to be in pole position, last summer’s deal-maker for Barcelona Raul Sanellhi is now at Arsenal; does that give the Gunners an edge when it comes to negotiations between the clubs?

The first job is to sell a move to the Emirates with a French legend no longer managing the club.

Arsenal’s run to the Europa League semi-final helps; there’s promise that even as a dishevelled rabble the club’s squad is ready to challenge for trophies.

With a new set-up in place and an overhaul of the coaching staff, there is a dynamism about the club; a sense of a new beginning. Can Sanellhi sell that?

And, is it worth more than Chelsea can offer?