Liverpool have thrown their hat in the ring for a new midfield target, none other than Jean Michaël Seri of French side OGC Nice.
This makes me extremely happy to read. If you’ll recall a little while ago, I posted an article focusing on Ivory Coast and OGC Nice midfielder Jean Michaël Seri and why Liverpool should make him their primary alternative to Naby Keïta.
Now, Ed Aarons of the Guardian has seemingly answered my prayers.
Aarons reports that the 25-year-old, who has drawn interest from Arsenal and FC Barcelona this summer for his role in helping Nice to a third-placed finish last campaign, has just become Liverpool’s latest potential target.
The Reds are said to have enquired about the midfielder’s availability after injuries to Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana further emphasised the need for reinforcements in the middle third of the pitch.
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The French club is said to be “under no pressure to part with their prized asset” this summer but that they have agreed with the player that they “will not stand in his way” if a bid comes in that meets their £36m valuation of the midfielder.
Aarons understands that it is still unclear whether Liverpool will actually submit a concrete offer for the player but that with Barcelona having just signed former Tottenham midfielder Paulinho, it could see the door opened for the Reds.
Seri was in fine form on the weekend despite Nice being downed 2-1 by Troyes at home, creating eight chances across the 90 minutes. The Ivorian scored seven goals and assisted nine in the Ligue 1 last season and was one of the French league’s driving creative forces, setting up 73 chances for his team mates.