Chelsea, Arsenal still keen on Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri

Jean Michael Seri Nice 2017-18

Arsenal and Chelsea have been dealt with a big blow to their plans their summer as one of their key targets, Jean Michael Seri, has reportedly opened talks with Italian side Napoli.

The midfielder has been heavily linked with a move away from OGC Nice this summer, with a whole host of clubs from across Europe understood to have expressed an interest in signing him.

Since helping the French outfit qualify for the Champions League playoffs past year, the Ivory Coast star has been strongly linked with a move to some of Europe's biggest clubs.

And the managerial situation at Stamford Bridge could have wider repercussions as Sky Sports say it is proving a stumbling block in the pursuit of Seri.

Sky Sports suggest Seri's next club could also be Premier League champions City, particualrly following Patrick Vieira's appointment as Nice boss.

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Vieira, who had been tipped to replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, left his post at New York City to take over the reins at Nice.

Napoli's President Aurelio De Laurentiis says a deal to take the Italian global to the Etihad is close - but a price is yet to be agreed, which is why City are keeping their options open.

Seri has also attracted interest from Borussia Dortmund, who will be managed by Lucien Favre next season.

Pep Guardiola will strengthen his squad at the Etihad this summer and Seri has emerged as a target as the club try to finalise a deal for Napoli's Jorginho.

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