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Fulham have reportedly completed the transfer of Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri amid competition from Chelsea, Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal, who were also pursuing a deal.
Gianluca Di Marzio of Sky Sport reported the news of Seri’s potential move to Fulham after French journalist Manu Lonjon (h/t the Daily Star) had said the Blues had struck terms with Seri.
Di Marzio added that the two sides agreed a fee of “around €20 million.”
Earlier in the day, Ed Aarons of the Guardian reported that Borussia Dortmund were poised to meet the player to discuss a switch, while Arsenal had also been linked to the midfielder, via Harry Howes of the Daily Star.
According to the Daily Star, Seri has a £35 million release clause in his contract that is set to expire later this summer.
In three seasons at Nice he’s made major developments as a player. As these numbers illustrate, not only is he always seeking to get on the ball, Seri rarely gives possession away:
2 – For the second season in a row, Jean-Michael Seri is the player who made (2673) and completed (2417) the most passes in Ligue 1 this season. Distributor. #BilanOpta https://t.co/eYGBhcIhhM
Seri’s playmaking abilities next to someone like N’Golo Kante, who is a midfielder who seeks to disrupt rather than distribute would have made him a fine purchase for the Blues before Fulham’s stunning coup.
With that in mind, James Robson of the Manchester Evening News said last month that Seri is a player Manchester City have looked at:
James Robson @JamesRobsonMEN
City have remained in contact over Seri for months (as have United). Back up option for both, with Fred United’s top holding mid target and Jorginho City’s.
Seri fits Guardiola style – high energy, attack-minded, v technically skilled
Given Fulham’s resources compared to their rivals for Seri’s signature, if they are able to get the move across the line, it would be a major boost to their efforts to remain in the Premier League after gaining promotion.