In Focus: Jean Seri is the ideal all-round midfielder Jose Mourinho is looking for

According to reports in the Daily Mail, Manchester United are keeping tabs on Nice midfielder Jean Seri, who has a release clause of around £33m, ahead of a possible summer move after watching the Ivory Coast international in action in the Europa League on Thursday night.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the Daily Mail says a number of the Red Devils’ scouting team watched the 26-year-old in action in his side’s 3-2 defeat against Lokomotiv Moscow at the Allianz Arena on Thursday night, while their head of scouting, Marcel Bout, also watched him in person against Monaco last month.

Jose Mourinho is known to want to strengthen his midfield options during the summer with Michael Carrick retiring and with the futures of Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera potentially in doubt with the Belgian still yet to sign a new contract and with the Spaniard being linked with a move to AC Milan.

How has Seri done this season?

The 26-year-old nearly joined Barcelona during the summer after a brilliant 2016/17 campaign for the Ligue 1 outfit, but he has been slightly less effective from an attacking point of view this term as he has often played in a more defensive role in the middle of the park.

The Ivorian has scored one goal and provided a further six assists in 30 appearances in all competitions, compared to seven goals and 10 assists in 34 outings in total during the previous season when he was playing more of a box-to-box role.

According to WhoScored.com, he has an overall passing accuracy of 90.9% in 23 appearances in Ligue 1 and the Europa League this term, while he has still made 50 key passes even when he has mainly been playing in a deeper defensive role.

Would he be a good signing for United?

He certainly would be.

If Mourinho is looking for an energetic midfielder to make an impact at both ends of the pitch to work alongside Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba, then it is no surprise that Seri is near the top of his list.

The 26-year-old has been hugely impressive for Nice and looks as though he has the ability to make the step up to a club like the Red Devils.

At £33m he could be one of their cheaper options in that position too, and would allow Mourinho to play the 4-3-3 system that so many fans seem to want him to play to get the best out of Pogba.