Manchester United now leading Liverpool in battle for Nice midfielder Jean Seri

Manchester United now leading Liverpool in battle for Nice midfielder Jean Seri

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is speculated to be in pursuit of Nice midfielder Jean-Michael Seri, who is headhunted by several clubs in Europe.

Reigning Premier League champions Chelsea have also shown interest in Seri, however, with Antonio Conte said to be losing faith in France midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko.

Jean Michael-Seri was approached by FC Barcelona earlier this season but had their bid rejected by Nice's president.

Ross Barkley has joined from Everton but Conte is keen to shore up the midfield by recruiting a player who operates in a deeper-lying position.

Jose Mourinho is actively looking for midfielders to bring to the club, with Michael Carrick set to leave in the summer, and Seri - who has a £35million buy-out clause - is a top target.


Seri was heavily linked with Barcelona last summer, while Manchester City, Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain have all been mentioned as possible destinations for the Ivory Coast global at various points over the last few months.

United are poised to land long-term Blues target Alexis Sanchez after offering him £500,000-a-week, a figure City wouldn't match when the Premier League's best player, Kevin De Bruyne, will be earning around half of that when he signs a new deal.

Liverpool are keeping tabs on the Ivorian star amid speculation linking Emre Can with a January move - Juventus are determined to sign the German. Manchester City is looking at Seri as a potential replacement for Yaya Toure whose future remains uncertain at The Etihad.

Now, The Mirror report that the Red Devils are leading the race to sign Nice midfielder Jean Seri, having overtaken rivals Liverpool in the battle for his signature.

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