There does seem to be a lot of momentum behind the Arsenal transfer rumours at the moment, as the Gunners are keen to get the players that Unai Emery wants to get the team playing to his system, and according to the Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth, the new Arsenal coach is in pole position to bag the Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri.
Seri was wanted by Barcelona last season when Raul Sanllehi was at the club, and Emery himself tried to sign the 26 year-old whilst at PSG in January. Sheth admits that Napoli and Dortmund are also interested, but the player himself wants to come to England. “I’m being led to believe that there’s an agreement with his club that he will be allowed to leave for £35million,” Sheth said.
“Now, it’s really interesting actually because he almost joined Barcelona.
“Now intriguingly, last summer, Arsenal’s current head of football operations, Raul Sanllehi, was the director of football at the Nou Camp and they wanted Jean-Michael Seri.
“Fast forward to January, Emery tried to sign him for Paris Saint-Germain. But concerns over Financial Fair Play rules for Paris Saint-Germain meant they went for a free transfer and brought in Lassana Diarra.
“There is an interest in Seri but there is competition as well.
“I’m told that Napoli and Borussia Dortmund are interested, but quite importantly the player’s preference is to come to the Premier League. I think that’s where he wants to shine.
“Arsenal are interested, there has been a long-standing history of the people at Arsenal being interested when they’ve been at previous clubs.
“So potentially, I think if Emery had his way, he could be his first signing.”
It is fully understandable that the best players would want to come to the Premier League at the moment. Not just because of the massive wages on offer, but also this is the most competitive League around with most of the top managers fighting for the title.
I wouldn’t mind if Seri is Emery’s first choice, just as long as he sorts out the defence as well!
What do you think?