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Chelsea favourites for midfielder’s signatures as Premier League rivals drop out of race

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Chelsea are the leaders for Jean Michel Seri’s signatures as both Manchester United and Arsenal have cooled their interest in the midfielder

The Blues have received a good news after an uncertain few weeks as competition for the Nice midfielder seems to have gone down a notch. Both Manchester United and Arsenal were interested in signing the 26-year-old. However, United have sealed a deal for Fred for a fee in the region of 52 million. Meanwhile, Arsenal have also cooled their interest according to Evening Standard, focusing on other midfield targets instead.

The Blues were reportedly in advanced talks with the player on Monday and this will only strengthen the club’s resolve to get a potential deal over the line as soon as possible.

Arsenal’s midfield reinforcements will largely depend on the futures of Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere. Both have been linked with the exit door but new boss is hoping to keep a hold of them. Recent weeks have seen the midfielders enter talks with the Gunners over a new deal.

Seri has also attracted interest from the likes of Barcelona, who he was very close to moving to last summer. A move never did materialise, however, and the Blaugrana have not shown concrete interest in this transfer window.

On the other hand, Chelsea’s managerial situation could be the biggest obstacle in their way of signing Seri now. Antonio Conte is the current manager but he is not expected to be in the hot seat come Matchday 1 of the 2018-19 season. Maurizio Sarri and Laurent Blanc have been linked with a job but an appointment has not been made yet.

Author’s Take

The possibility of having a go for Seri’s signatures without any competitors would be a huge bonus for Chelsea. The player is available for cheap considering the rates of today’s market. Now, the Blues will be hoping to seal a deal as soon as possible.

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