Chelsea have satisfying advantage over Arsenal in transfer battle

Chelsea leading the race to sign Jean-Michael Seri

Chelsea are reportedly poised to pip Arsenal to the signing of OGC Nice star Jean-Michael Seri.

The Daily Mirror is reporting that the Gunners are interested in a potential deal to sign the Ivory Coast worldwide at the end of the 2017-18 season.

Sky Sports claims that the Gunners have already held discussions with the representatives of Seri regarding a summer move.

The Gunners were interested in Seri last season but Antonio Conte's side are still front-runners to secure the 26-year-old, according to the Mirror.

According to the same story, Sanllehi was close to bringing Seri to FC Barcelona last summer when he was still a member of the La Liga outfit's board. Part of this overhaul is likely to see Jack Wilshere move away from the North London club, which would open up a slot in midfield, making Seri a viable target to replace the Englishman.

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However, Arsenal still have a long way to go in their pursuit as Chelsea remain in pole position to sign the player.

Seri would add some energy to Arsenal's side if they can get a deal agreed, however, that may prove hard as the Evening Standard claims the Ivorian would prefer a move to Chelsea.

Seri nearly joined La Liga giants Barcelona last summer, but his move fell through at the last moment.

The Ivorian central midfielder made 42 appearances in all competitions for the French side this season, with a closing Ligue 1 match against Lyon set for Sunday, and has scored six goals along with five assists so far.

Both Arsenal and Chelsea are looking for new managers, so we don't expect any deal to culminate in the near future.

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