Arsenal receive boost in pursuit of Jean Michael Seri

Unai Emery is keen to bolster his side

Arsenal endured an underwhelming season as they failed to win any silverware in Arsene Wenger’s final campaign. They finished 6th in the Premier League and will miss the Champions League next season.

Unai Emery has been appointed as the new manager of the Gunners after Wenger left the club at the end of the season and is charged with the task of returning the club to the European elite while challenging for major honours.

He has already completed the signings of defender Stephan Lichtsteiner and goalkeeper Bernd Leno. But he is also targeting midfielders ahead of the next season as Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere have left the club after their contracts expired, which leaves them short in that area.

The Premier League giants are already close to signing Sampdoria’s Lucas Torreira in a £26 million deal and have opened talks with Ever Banega’s representative over a potential transfer.

Jean Michael Seri’s move to Napoli might be off

But they have received encouragement in their pursuit of long time target Jean Michael Seri. There were reports few days ago that the midfielder has agreed terms with Napoli but his representative hinted that the Italian side are no longer interested in signing him.

“Seri to Napoli? It doesn’t depend on us but on Napoli. I read that Napoli are signing Fabian Ruiz, so if they sign the Spaniard, it’ll be difficult to sign Seri too,” Franklin Mala told Radio CRC as quoted by Calciomercato.

“We’re open to talks with Napoli, but there’s been nothing so far. Seri’s clause is 40m and it’s valid until July 15. After that, Nice can ask for the amount they want.

“Ancelotti is a great Coach, he has an excellent reputation in football because he’s able to establish an excellent relationship with his players.

“For now, however, it’s all fantasy because as long as Napoli don’t come forward, it’s difficult to give precise answers. My trip to Naples? Yes, I was in Naples because I have friends in Avellino and I also had lunch at Piazza Vittoria for some seafood.”

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