Midfielder snubs Arsenal and Chelsea in favour of a move to local rivals

Jean Michel Seri was desperate for a move to the Premier League and now he has got it with Fulham completing a double deal for him and French defender Maxime Le Marchand

The Ivory Coast international arrived in London earlier this week to complete a move to the Premier League. Chelsea were the frontrunners for his signatures then. Yahoo Sports journalist Manu Lojan reported that personal teams were agreed between the club and the player. However, things have turned out drastically different for the Blues and for Seri himself.

He has now completed a move to Fulham. The Cottagers have swooped up Jean Michel Seri and Maxime Le Marchand for a deal worth more than £30 million. Seri’s signing set Fulham back £25 million making him their record signing.

Seri was relieved to complete this transfer. After finalising the move, he said:

“It was a long day yesterday [Wednesday] so it was great to get the move finalised. Now, I’m ready to get started and looking forward to meeting the squad and getting to know them, the head coach and his staff better. I’m delighted to be here, it’s a new adventure that starts for me and I’m hoping it will all go well.”

Versatile defender Le Marchand also expressed his joy.

“I’m very happy to sign for Fulham, this is a big club that’s very popular. I’m also happy to have joined up with a good friend, [Seri]. I know that there is a lot of hard work ahead and I hope to bring my very best to this team.”

Seri’s arrival is nothing less than a coup pulled off by Fulham. The 26-year-old was on the radar of Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund, Chelsea, Arsenal and West Ham. However, they acted swiftly and decisively to begin their transfer window with a bang.

Author’s Take:

A brilliant deal for Fulham. The recently promoted side has begun their transfer window on an extremely positive note. Slavisa Jokanovic will be delighted with the signing and should now look to shape his midfield around the Ivorian.

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