Seri to Barca just rumours - Nice GM

Seri to Barca just rumours - Nice GM
Jean Michael Seri of OGC Nice (R) vies for the ball with Medhi Mostefa of SC Bastia (L) during the French Ligue 1 soccer match, OGC Nice vs SC Bastia, at the Allianz Riviera stadium, in Nice, France, 27 November 2016. EPA/SEBASTIEN NOGIER

by Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Aug 22, 2017. 14:00

Reports of an imminent transfer to Barcelona for Ivorian midfielder Jean-Michael Seri are just rumours, according to Nice general manager Julien Fournier.

The Elephants player has been strongly linked with a transfer to the Spanish giants, who are reportedly ready to exercise a €40m buyout clause in his contract.

But Fournier told Sport: "We haven't negotiated with Barca nor do I know of any negotiations lined up in the next few days.

“They're just rumours, so we haven't set a price for Seri.

“I think the player will stay with us this season.

“It's true that he is open to listening to offers but he's also happy at Nice whether we qualify for the group stages of the Champions League or not."

Seri is set to feature for the French club in the second leg of their Champions League qualifier tonight, as they look to overturn a 0-2 deficit against Italian side Napoli.

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