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Despite several reports claiming Jean Michael Seri has snubbed a move to Chelsea in favour of Fulham, the Sportreview cites 101 Great Goals that the Ivory Coast international has agreed a pre-contract deal with Chelsea.
Fulham and Nice are in advanced talks over a combined deal which could be worth in excess of £30m.
Seri has one year remaining on his current contract at Nice and, according to Sky sources, has attracted interest from Chelsea, Fulham, West Ham, Napoli and Sevilla.
The Ivorian did not travel with the rest of the Nice squad for the club’s pre-season training camp last week.
Chelsea had been favorites to sign the 26-year-old but with Napoli midfielder Jorginho nearing a move to the Blues, Fulham have taken advantage.
It is understood Chelsea saw him as a replacement for Frenchman N’Golo Kante who has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid this summer.
Madrid are reportedly willing to offer Kante a £250k-a-week deal in order to persuade him to make the move to Spain.
However, the west London side are yet to make any new signings as the new season draws ever closer.