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Manchester City and Barcelona have joined Arsenal in the race to sign Nice midfielder Jean-Michel Seri, according to the Daily Cannon.
Arsenal were keen on signing Seri in the last transfer window but couldn’t finalize a deal.
We have continued to be linked with the Cote d’ivoire international as a replacement for Mesut Ozil whose contract expires at the end of season.
But we could face competition from Manchester City, Liverpool and Barcelona.
The trio are keen on the 26 year old and would rival Arsenal if he becomes available in January.
Barca’s interest in Seri is a long-standing one just like Arsenal’s. It was the Spanish giants who provided the stiffest competition for his signature last summer and it was even rumored that they had a £36.5m bid rejected by Nice.
Liverpool were also linked with Seri in the summer but those links died down after they signed Naby Keita of Red Bull Salzburg.
Manchester City are the latest club to be linked with the midfielder who has scored just once and provided four assists in 17 games this season.
I believe Arsenal are likely to step up its interest in Seri if Ozil refuses to sign a new deal. The Lyon midfielder will be a perfect replacement for Ozil and would go a long way to soften the blow of Ozil’s exit.