Arsenal may have found new conductor in Nice midfielder Seri

Arsenal have opened talks with Nice over a deal for midfielder Jean Michael Seri, according to The Sun.

What’s the story?

Now that the season is over for the Gunners, attention can switch to potential incomings this summer.

Arsene Wenger has bid his farewell as manager, but previous targets seem to have remerged.

The Sun claims that Arsenal’s head of football operations Raul Sanllehi has begun discussions with Nice regarding the possible signing of Seri.

The bigwig attempted to recruit the Ivory Coast international last summer while working for Barcelona, but he was unsuccessful.

The publication claims that Seri – valued at £31.5m by Transfermarkt – has a £35m release clause that will be eligible to be met in the next few weeks.

Would Seri improve Arsenal?

The North London outfit are certainly lacking a leader in the middle of the park, and Seri certainly has the ability to take control.

The 26-year-old has started 29 Ligue 1 appearances for Nice this season and has shown that he can also carry out defensive duties while slotted in a deeper role.

Predominantly, though, Seri features in central midfield, where he can dictate play and set up various attacks for his teammates ahead of him.

The Ivorian is not the best tackler in the world, but he would provide a commanding presence in the middle of the park.

Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City have all been linked to Seri, so if Arsenal can scoop him up, it would make a statement to their rivals.