Manchester United making a push to sign Jean-Michael Seri this month or in the summer – reports


Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has been linked to Nice midfielder Jean-Michael Seri in the last few weeks but now reports are beginning to circulate which suggests the Portuguese manager is readying a swoop for the Ivory Coast midfielder either before the January transfer window closes next week or in the summer. The reports, carried by The Sun, suggest Mourinho is pushing the hardest to land the Ivorian, who has also attracted the interest of Liverpool, Chelsea, and Manchester City.

It is thought that City favour a move for Brazilian midfielder, Fred, who currently plays for Shakhtar Donetsk. Seri, a player who saw a move to Barcelona collapse in the summer, is available for a cut-price fee, a £35 million release clause, which offers a lot of value in the current market. No doubt, if a move from United happens, the media will state United are trying to burst the seams of the world of football and you will be reading endless stories about the player’s price, wage, images rights and everything else. It is like only one club pays all this money, when all will to some extent.

It has been suggested that United would sign two to three players in the summer, with Mourinho stating that if a player came in this month, it would reduce the number of signings this summer. United announced Alexis Sanchez as the club’s new number seven on Monday, so that will mean fewer signings in the summer if the Portuguese manager is to be believed. United could lose two experienced midfielders this summer with Michael Carrick expected to join the clubs coaching staff and Marouane Fellaini leaving the club on the expiry of his contract.

That will mean Mourinho will need to replace at least one of these players, if not both. He will be left with Paul Pogba, Ander Herrera, Nemanja Matic, and Scott McTominay. He could bring in one player from outside and promote another from the Academy, which would give United six midfielders and a mix of experience and raw talent, which is what United have done for decades now. Seri is a player who could do well for United, bringing more experience to the club and helping fortify the midfield, which has been a problem this season due to injury and suspension.

I would not expect United to sign another player this month, but it is not something I can rule out either. The fact that the player is available for £35 million, a bargain in this day and age, would suggest it could be a mistake if a deal was not done, if the reports are true, obviously. Mourinho will have a number of players on his list to fortify the midfield. He knew that Carrick would need to be replaced in the squad this summer as he was not going to continue as a player forever. He will also have known about Fellaini’s contract running out this summer.

United have recently been linked to Mateo Kovacic and Seri, two players who could do wonders at the club if Mourinho has seen something in their abilities. Seri would be a better option and being a compatriot of Eric Bailly, there could be something that could help lure the player to the Theatre of Dreams. It will all come down to whether United are in a position to make a move and whether they will be forced into pouncing sooner rather than later. With City seemingly out of the race for Seri, and both Liverpool and Chelsea still linked

With City seemingly out of the race for Seri, and both Liverpool and Chelsea still linked, this could be left until the summer, unless either team make a move for the player this month. United would benefit from moving for the player now if he is the missing piece of the jigsaw, which would strengthen the midfield immediately and see the player settle in before next season. Seri did play in the qualification round and play-offs of the UEFA Champions League earlier this season, losing and falling into the Europa League – he would be eligible to play for United in the competition.

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