Manchester United target Jean Michael Seri will be allowed to leave Nice in this summer’s transfer window, according to the French club’s president Jean-Pierre Rivere.
United are expected to be extremely active this summer as head coach Jose Mourinho looks to put together a squad capable of challenging Manchester City for the Premier League title next season.
Midfield is an area that Mourinho wants to strengthen, and the Red Devils have been strongly linked with a move for Shakhtar Donetsk’s Fred.
That said, the latest comments from Nice president Rivere regarding Ivory Coast midfielder Seri could see the 20-time English champions launch a move this summer.
Rivere told Canal+:
“We are here to help players to improve, that is the case with him.
“Mika Seri is in the same category. A very good player who has brought a lot to the club and can legitimately have that desire to go and play abroad.”
Seri was believed to be on the verge of joining Barcelona in last summer’s transfer window, but the move broke down at the final moment when the Spanish outfit pulled out.
To be blunt, yes. United were credited with an interest in Seri back in March, although it is understood that City are also admirers of the all-action midfielder.
The 26-year-old scored seven times in 39 appearances for Nice during the 2016-17 campaign, and managed two goals and 10 assists in 43 appearances for his French outfit last term.
United need a third central midfielder to play alongside Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic, and Seri, who has also been linked with Arsenal, would bring the perfect blend of skills.
Indeed, the midfielder, who is valued at £31.5m by transfermarkt.co.uk, is capable of providing a defensive shield, in addition to scoring goals and assisting.
Rivere’s quotes are bound to alert a number of clubs, but United would fancy their chances of winning any race that might occur, and the Red Devils should move quickly for the impressive Ivorian in order to avoid disappointment.