Arsenal have the edge over Chelsea in the race to sign Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri thanks to recently appointed by director Raul Sanllehi’s relationship with the African playmaker, according to reports in France.
The Ivory Coast international has long been rumoured with a switch to the Premier League after several impressive seasons in Ligue 1, and he had reportedly been identified as a top transfer target for Chelsea.
However, now L’Equipe claim it is the Gunners who have the upper hand in any negotiations.
The ex-Barcelona transfer guru has joined the Gunners in November as head of football relations.
Sanllehi’s tried to lure Serie at Nou Camp during his time at Barcelona.
Sanllehi spent much of last summer trying to lure Seri at Nou Camp with Ernesto Valverde has been keen on to strengthen the midfield area. However, the deal has never been materialised.
However, L’Equipe report that he has maintained a positive relationship with Seri and it gives the Gunners advantage in the race for his signature.
Chelsea and Arsenal are both believed to seeking a new manager ahead of the new season and before starting a bidding war for Seri they will have to lure world-class tactician to London.