Wednesday Aug 09, 2017. 12:00
Information coming from Spain is that Barcelona are considering triggering the €40m release clause for Cote d'Ivoire and Nice midfielder Jean Seri.
Reports reveal that the Blaugrana have ‘accelerated’ their pursuit of the 26-year-old this week and are confident of reaching a deal.
L’Equipe has it that the Spanish La Liga giants are said to have made an initial approach of €30m and are confident that whilst this will likely be rejected, the two clubs can find a compromise.
The Elephants international has won many plaudits in his first two seasons in French Ligue 1 after making his move in 2015 from Pacos de Ferreira.
According to the report, a Spanish publication, El Mundo Deportivo previously nicknamed Seri as ‘the African Xavi'.
Seri has also made more passes than any of his Nice teammates (2,733), and created the most chances (74) as well as providing the most through balls (32).
Having helped them finish third in Ligue 1 last year behind AS Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain, he has also been likened to Chelsea's N'Golo Kante.