As per a report from Euro United (an affiliate of Paris United), in-demand Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri has given his word to Premier League giants Chelsea over a transfer to Stamford Bridge.
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 subsequently linked with moves for Seri last summer, 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 nevertheless once again being fought for by several European giants, with all of Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Napoli named as admirers of the Nice star’s talents.
A report courtesy of RTL journalist Christian Ollivier last month even went as far as to claim that Chelsea were 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
Though it was initially thought that Ollivier’s claim was wide of the mark, with the likes of Napoli and West Ham having since been touted as more likely landing spots, a number of updates this evening have insisted that Chelsea remain the clear favourites to land Seri.
After Yahoo Sports backed the story that the African midfielder is in ‘advanced talks’ with the Blues, Euro United have since gone a step further, by claiming that Seri has in fact already signed a pre-contract agreement with the capital giants.
They also add that Seri’s arrival would have no bearing on N’Golo Kante’s future at Stamford Bridge, amid links between the French midfielder and Ligue 1 powerhouse PSG:
Séri a signé un pré-contrat avec Chelsea depuis plusieurs semaines. C’est un choix personnel de Roman Abramovitch. Dossier est momentanément bloqué car le président des Blues est toujours en attente de visa. Sa possible venue n’est pas lié à N’Golo Kanté. pic.twitter.com/S9mTroBKhO
— Euro United (@EuroUnited6) July 9, 2018