Saturday Jun 16, 2018. 09:00
Chelsea’s managerial uncertainty could cost them the chance to sign Ivory Coast star Jean Michael Seri from OGC Nice.
Chelsea and Arsenal are reportedly leading the race to sign the Elephants midfielder, but the Blues could lose out on the player due to the question marks hanging over their leadership.
Antonio Conte remains in charge at Stamford Bridge, even though it is widely expected that he will be shown the door. The latest rumours suggest that Napoli’s Maurizio Sarri will succeed his countryman at the English giants.
But with no concrete plans for a managerial change in place, and the deadline transfer deadline having been brought forward to August 9, Chelsea’s hopes of signing Seri are waning.
Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth told the Transfer Talk podcast: “Chelsea and Arsenal both remain interested in Jean Michael Seri.
"We've been talking about it in the last few minutes, the managerial situation of Chelsea is uncertain, that could prove a stumbling block to any transfer. It's also thought that Arsenal are looking for other players.
“Arsenal's interest is through the head of their football relations - Raul Sanllehi.
“Seri is available for £35million. A further twist is his next destination could be influenced by the arrival of Patrick Vieira as the new head coach at Nice now.
“Vieira has strong links with Manchester City having managed their sister club New York City.
“We are told that City are keeping tabs on the Seri situation. While they continue to try and push through a deal for the Napoli midfielder Jorginho.
“One significant thing with this whole situation with Seri is we understand his preference is to move to the Premier League.
“It could be an interesting one. It could rumble on for a couple of weeks yet."