Chelsea lead Arsenal in Jean Michael Seri pursuit

Chelsea leading the race to sign Jean-Michael Seri

Arsenal are in talks with Jean-Michael Seri's agent about a possible £40m move but the Nice midfielder favours a switch to Chelsea, according to the Evening Standard.

The Ivory Coast global is reported to be desperate for the chance to play in the Champions League under Pep Guardiola.

The newspaper says Arsenal are now pushing hardest to get a deal agreed with director of football Raul Sanllehi holding talks with Seri's representatives about a possible £40m move to the Emirates.

The Gunners are unlikely to be alone in their pursuit, given that the 26-year-old almost signed for Barcelona last summer. The last piece of information has been reported by the Daily Mirror in their latest report.

If the report is anything to go by, Chelsea are now leading Arsenal in the player's pursuit, even though the Gunners are in talks with Nice over a possible move.

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However, their efforts could be to of no avail, with Chelsea claimed by the Mirror to be at the front of the queue in the race to sign Seri.

Seri nearly joined La Liga giants Barcelona last summer, but his move fell through at the last moment. He is expected to cost £40million in the transfer market. Seri though, moved on from last summer's disappointment quite well with 2 goals and 10 assists in 42 outings across all competitions this season, although the going was slightly tough for the Ligue 1 outfit as they finished 6th on the table.

Antonio Conte's future is up in the air after an underwhelming title defence, though the Stamford Bridge club still have the opportunity to finish the campaign with some silverware in the FA Cup final against Manchester United this Saturday.

It is understood any deal to bring him to The Emirates will have to happen after a new boss has been appointed at the north London club.

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