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Manchester United leading the way to sign Jean-Michael Seri – reports

Manchester United are reportedly leading a four Premier League team chase for Nice midfielder Jean-Michael Seri, according to The Mirror. Ivory Coast midfielder, Seri is attracting attention from United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea and a deal could be done for around £35 million, which is the player’s current release clause at the club, €40 million. Seri was linked to Barcelona in the summer and a move to the Nou Camp seemed certain at the time, but it fell through. Paris-Saint-Germain were also interested, but they were limited by Financial Fair Play regulations.

The 26-year-old midfielder has around 18-months left to run on his current contract, which includes the relatively cheap release clause, which could cause a scramble for the players signature. The report suggests that the player seemingly has his heart set on a move to the Premier League, which would rule of PSG if they were able to challenge for the player if finances are sorted as they still have to pay for Kylian Mbappe this summer.

United will be looking to replace Michael Carrick in the summer, the player signed a new one-year deal at the start of the season but has not played many matches due to a health condition, of which he has recovered from and is training with his teammates. Liverpool may look to replace Emre Can, who has been linked to Juventus, not to mention Jordan Henderson’s injury-plagued few seasons despite Naby Keita coming to Anfield in the summer. Chelsea have problems with Tiemoue Bakayoko failing to shine whilst City may need to replace Yaya Toure not to mention Fernandinho.

This season for Nice, Seri has played 21 times, starting 20 matches and coming off the bench once. He has scored once in Ligue 1, also assisting five goals, four in Ligue 1, one in the UEFA Europa League. The player has had 21 shots on goal in all competitions, six of those being on target. Further to those stats, Seri averages a passing success rate of 91%, a shot accuracy of 67%, has created 35 chances for his teammates, averages at least 18 metres when passing, also averaging at least one defensive action per match – making two defensive errors this season.

The midfield is a problem for United as during the first half of this season alone, Michael Carrick, Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini were all injured at the same time, leaving Ander Herrera, Nemanja Matic and Scott McTominay. Pogba has also been suspended, which left United’s midfield with a lack of inspiration. The over reliance on Matic will become a key factor too if the manager allows it. Recruiting a new midfielder now or in the summer is something United will need to do which could help United unlock Pogba’s potential even more than it has been already.

There will, no doubt, be a long list of candidates Mourinho and his team of coaches and scouts have been looking at. United do not need to panic buy a midfielder, they need to get the recruitment right. Over the past few seasons, United have brought in Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin, both are no longer at the club. Ensuring the club does not bring in a player who will fail at the club is important. Over the past few months United have been credited as having an interest in a few midfielders, that should progress as we head towards the summer.

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