Manchester United battling Manchester City for Jean-Michael Seri – report

by Leo Nieboer

Both Manchester United and Manchester City have registered their interest in Nice midfielder Jean-Michael Seri ahead of the summer transfer window, according to reports.

The Ivorian enjoyed an excellent campaign with the Ligue 1 outfit last season and came very close to joining Barcelona.

He will be granted a move away this summer, and Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola are both keen to add his technical prowess to their squad for the 2018/19 season.

And according to M.E.N‘s Samuel Luckhurst, the two clubs have made their interest known to the French side ahead of the transfer window.

Seri’s contract expiring at the end of next season coupled with Nice’s failure to grant him a move to Barcelona – who look set to sign Arthur Melo instead – gives them very little clout in negotiations and could lead to the midfielder moving for around £35m.

Guardiola is aware of his over-reliance on Fernandinho, now 32, and needs a replacement for Yaya Toure, while Mourinho has continually failed to organise a midfield set-up combining structure and attacking zeal.

Interest in Seri, therefore, makes a lot of sense: diminutive yet tenacious, resolute yet fluid in possession, attack-minded yet disciplined, superb with his passing.

Placing Seri alongside Pogba would open up the pitch and bring attacking players into the game with greater speed in a way we haven’t seen enough this season. Just as importantly, though, putting him alongside the likes of Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva would be painfully fruitful. Ed Woodward will need to work his magic once again.

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