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Nice midfielder Jean-Michael Seri linked to Manchester United again but his future could lie elsewhere

Jean-Michael Seri has been given the green light to leave French club Nice this summer. Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, and Arsenal have all held talks with the player’s representative according to reports with United last being linked to the player with Manchester City also in contention for the player’s signature. United manager Jose Mourinho will need to replace Michael Carrick in his squad this summer after the player retired after the final Premier League match of the season, embarking a new career as a coach at the club.

It is also expected that Marouane Fellaini will leave the Old Trafford club this summer on the expiration of his contract, with reporting linking him to AC Milan, although his wage demands could see the Italian club walk away from any potential deal. If this happens, Mourinho will need to bring in two new midfielders, unless he has a plan to promote from within this summer. United have been linked with Fred, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Jorginho, Seri and others already over the past few months.

The 26-year-old Ivory Coast midfielder would command a fee of around £40 million this summer. Last summer he was a target for Barcelona but the move broke down, with was something both the player and his club were not happy about. During the past week, Arsenal emerged as a potential destination for the player, but the French club will be seeking to attract interest from more than one club, which in turn could maximise the potential fee for the player. Nice president Jean-Pierre Rivere, reported by The Mirror, has said:

“We are here to help players to improve, that is the case with him.

“Mika Seri is in the same category. A very good player who has brought a lot to the club and can legitimately have that desire to go and play abroad.”

Rivere also confirmed that Barcelona counterpart, Josep Maria Bartomeu contacted him to apologise for the breakdown of Seri’s move to the Catalan club, which seems to be something both the club and the player wanted to happen. However, Seri managed to remain in Nice this season where he made 43 appearances for the club, scoring two goals and a further six assists. Speaking to Canal + and reported by The Mirror, Rivere said:

“Julien Fournier, the general manager, called me early on Wednesday [August 23, 2017], at about 9am and said: ‘Jean-Pierre, I do not understand, I received a call from Barcelona and they told me to stop the Seri transfer’.

“In the afternoon, Bartomeu called me, a little embarrassed, and said to me: ‘This is the first time that it has happened to us. Our staff have decided not to sign Seri, but it is not a financial issue’.”

Seri is a decent player but is not a player who has been linked to United is about four months with players such as Fred, Milinkovic-Savic and even Jorginho being linked to the Old Trafford club. The latter though seems to be a hard target for Premier League champions Manchester City. United will probably be in advanced stages for find the players they need this summer with the FIFA World Cup commencing in the next three weeks plus the early closure of the summer transfer window, deals may need to be concluded quickly.

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