Jean-Michael Seri’s Agent Discusses Nice Star’s Future Amid Chelsea and Arsenal Links

​Amidst all the speculation surrounding the future of Nice and Ivory Coast midfielder Jean-Michael Seri’s future, the 26-year-old’s agent has spoken out, hinting at where his next destination will be.

Following their disappointing Premier League campaigns, seeing them miss out on Champions League football, both ​Chelsea and ​Arsenal have reportedly registered a strong interest in Seri, with the latter allegedly closest to making a move for the midfielder following Unai Emery’s appointment earlier in the week.

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However, the English duo may face competition from the Serie A, with ​Napoli’s Carlo Ancelotti allegedly being an admirer of the Ivorian.

With such a great deal of interest permeating from a number of clubs, Seri’s agent has spoken out in order to clear the air and the set the record straight regarding his client’s future.

Speaking to ​SportWitness, he said: “It’s true that there are possibilities in England, so we’ll see, but Ancelotti has a strong image and is very respected by the players he’s managed, which can be a decisive factor for Seri.”

​Seri was linked with a move to Catalonia to join Ernesto Valverde’s Barcelona however, the move fell through and subsequently reports emerged of Seri struggling to play and train in the cold due to ingrown toenails.

As such, many would rule Seri out of a move to a place with a cold climate such as England, although the midfielder’s representative was quick to set the record straight regarding his condition.

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“Basically, he works via his emotions,” the Ivorian’s agent explained. “He’ll go where he’s most desired, so if you really want him and you’re welcoming… Because Napoli play nice football, and over the years they’ve become a bigger club, so he’s going to listen very carefully.”

Seri’s agent also lifted the lid on what fee a club would have to pay to sign him, saying: “Every year, there is a €40m clause that is valid until July 15th. Before then, they just have to offer the amount and there’s no need to have negotiations with Nice.”

As such, any interested club will have little over half a month in order to make an offer and bypass negotiations with Nice in their pursuit to secure Seri.

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Unai Emery Reportedly Set to Make Starlet Lorenzo Pellegrini His First Signing as Arsenal Manager

​Following their appointment of former Paris Saint-Germain manager Unai Emery earlier in the week, ​Arsenal have turned their attentions to strengthening their squad, with 21-year-old AS Roma midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini identified as a subject of interest, as reported by ​Sky Sports.

I Giallorossi midfielder, who signed for the Rome outfit at the start of the season from Sassuolo, has been a revelation in his debut season at the Stadio Olimpico, making 37 appearances and notching eight goal contributions across all competitions.


Should Arsenal find themselves capable of landing the Italy midfielder, Emery will have found a sublime midfield option to play alongside the likes of Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey; the latter of which the Spanish coach identified as one of the two players he would build his side around. 

Prior to getting the managerial role at the Emirates, Unai Emery attended a meeting led by Ivan Gazidis, Raul Sanllehi and Sven Mislintat, whereby he blew the Arsenal chiefs away with a detailed analysis of each player at the club, while identifying the two men he would build his team around.

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Analysing New Arsenal Head Coach Unai Emery’s Previous Record Against Fellow Premier League Managers

In case you’ve been living under a rock, or riddled by another similarly affecting affliction, you may have noticed that Arsenal have appointed a new manager recently. That manager would be Unai Emery, formerly of Paris Saint-Germain, Sevilla and Valencia. 

Although the Spaniard is yet to oversee a Premier League encounter, that doesn’t mean we can’t prematurely scrutinise his English pedigree. That’s because he’s already faced a fair few of his fellow EPL managers.

Here is his record against them: 

1. Pep Guardiola

W: 0 D: 4 L: 6 

As you could probably surmise by the picture, Emery’s record against Guardiola is not a pretty one. He is yet to register a victory against Pep in 10 games against him.

The low-lights include two four goal losses and one three goal loss, all of which means he is currently sitting on a -15 goal difference against the City manager. 

Yikes.

2. Jose Mourinho

W: 0 D: 1 L: 4

Another Manchester manager, another winless record for Emery. Although it all appears very amicable between the pair in the above picture, I can’t quite imagine why. 

Perhaps it’s because against Jose there were no four goal deficits – 6-3 was as bad as it got for Emery when up against Jose.

3. Manuel Pellegrini

W: 3 D: 3 L: 6

The 46-year-old must’ve been gutted when the former Manchester City manager returned to the Premier League with West Ham. 

Only three wins in 12 encounters represents another shoddy record, although admittedly the caveat of Real Madrid must be acknowledged. Still, there will surely be a few nerves on the part of Emery when it’s time to head to the London Stadium. 

4. Jurgen Klopp

W: 1 D: 0 L: 0

FINALLY! A winning record for Unai! And against the geggenpressing German meastro, no less. Moreover, the Europa League final win was a perfect exhibition of the Spaniard’s tactical nous.

After going 1-0 down, the Spaniard spurred on a three goal second half comeback to comfortably dispatch of Klopp’s men. To be fair, there’s no harder task in world football than facing Emery in the Europa League – he simply doesn’t lose. 

5. Rafa Benitez

W: 1 D: 0 L: 0

Another man connected to Liverpool, another unbeaten record for Emery. This time, the sole victory came during Rafa’s tumultuous time in charge of Los Blancos. 

Once again, the tactician overturned a one goal deficit by three goals, and it was only in the 92nd minute that James Rodriguez got a consolation second to save some of Madrid’s blushes. Still, it wasn’t enough for the Newcastle boss, and he was gone just one and a half months later. 

6. Mauricio Pochettino

W: 4 D: 1 L: 2

While Spurs fans are understandably exulting over Mauricio Pochettino’s new five year deal, his new North London rival will surely be doing the same across tow. 

Indeed, four wins in seven games over the Spurs boss should have Arsenal fans licking their lips in anticipation for all the derbies to come under Emery’s reign. 

7. Javi Gracia

W: 5 D: 1 L: 0

Considering Watford’s track record of sacking managers after a seemingly successful period in charge, it remains to be seen whether this particular record will be applicable.

Even so, Vicarage Road should be a far happier place for Arsenal in the upcoming season than it was last season. I’m sure Troy Deeney is quaking in his boots. 

8. Nuno Espirito Santo

W: 1 D: 1 L: 1 

Honours are remarkably even between Emery and the Wolverhampton Wanderers gaffer. Having said that, it would be fair to say that the Arsenal Head Coach holds the upper hand.

This is because his sole victory over his Portuguese counterpart inflicted more than just a defeat on the 44 year old – it was the loss that prompted his resignation from Valencia – Emery’s former side, of course. Ouch, that’s got to hurt. 

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Arsenal Striker Danny Welbeck Emerges as Shock Target for Turkish Giants Besiktas

Danny Welbeck could be on his way to Turkey this summer as Besiktas are eyeing up the 27-year-old as Anderson Talisca’s replacement.

The injury-troubled striker has found it hard to get going at ​Arsenal but endured a better season last term which helped him make Gareth Southgate’s 23-man squad for the upcoming World Cup in Russia.

According to Fotospor via ​the Sun, Besiktas are keen on signing the former ​Manchester United forward as they look for a replacement for Talisca who has been linked with a move away from the Turkish giants to United – who are not wasting any time in rebuilding for next season.

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Arsene Wenger did declare his desire to keep Welbeck at the club last season stating, via ​the Sun: “I want to keep him because I believe he has gone through a torrid time.

“He has come out well. I see signs in training now that are positive. If he can stay on the pitch and not be injured, I want him to stay here. I like him as he can play left, right or up front.”

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However, with managerial change at the Emirates, ​new manager Unai Emery may see Welbeck as surplus to requirements and the former Paris Saint-Germain manager could offload the England striker.

Welbeck only has a year left on his current deal, and he runs the risk of being one of the many players likely to be part of the clearance at Arsenal.

If the deal happens it will be Welbeck’s first move outside of England. The 27-year-old has previously spent time at Manchester United, Preston North End and Sunderland, but he has not yet ventured outside of England.

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9 Relegated Players Who Could Make Returns to the Premier League Next Season

There are three certainties in life: death, taxes, and relegated Premier League players doing anything they can to escape the clutches of the Championship and maintain an outrageously lavish lifestyle on top flight wages.

Now that the season is over, and the trio of Swansea, West Brom and Stoke have all checked out of the money laden haven of the English top tier, their players are very much up for grabs.

The transfer window has arrived, and those still in the Premier League will be circling the top relegated talent like vultures in a bid to land a bargain deal, so let’s take a look at who we can expect to make the highly desired return to the promised land…

9. Jay Rodriguez (West Brom)

Clubs Linked: Tottenham, Crystal Palace

Reported Fee: £12m

Spending much of the season under the radar as the Baggies failed to put up a fight in their relegation (that was, until the walking legend of Darren Moore arrived on the scene), Jay Rodriguez is often forgotten about in the West Brom side; but 11 goals in all competitions speaks for itself.

Though linked with Spurs, a reunion with former England boss Roy Hodgson at Crystal Palace seems more fitting for the attacker, and he could certainly give another edge to the Eagles’ forward line.

8. Jonny Evans (West Brom)

Clubs Linked: Leicester, Everton, Newcastle, Arsenal

Reported Fee: £3m (Release Clause)

Now this is a move that you could’ve predicted back in January. Over the winter period, Arsenal were heavily linked with a late move for the three time Premier League winner, but nothing came to fruition. Now that the Baggies are relegated, Evans’ price tag drops to a fraction of what he’s actually worth, and this is the sort of deal you could bet your house on happening.

There is one problem, though, which is causing all sorts of trouble in the defender’s attempt to escape; and that’s his agent’s demands. Reports claim that due to such a low transfer fee, his agent is making all sorts of demands and fees for both the player and himself which are making a move away from the Hawthorns more tricky than it needs to be

Still, Evans will definitely be leaving this summer.

7. Salomon Rondon (West Brom)

Clubs Linked: West Ham, Tottenham, Chelsea, Cardiff

Reported Fee: £16.5m (Release Clause)

The towering Venezuelan certainly hasn’t hit the heights that have been expected of him since his arrival in the West Midlands, but that doesn’t mean he’s a lost cause. 

There’s strong interest in the 28-year-old, and a general consensus that he has a lot more to offer than that which the Baggies have managed to get out of him. Height, strength, and an alarming turn of pace for his size, Rondon is an ideal target man, and executed correctly, he can be a great asset. 

6. Joe Allen (Stoke)

Clubs Linked: West Ham, Crystal Palace, Newcastle, Wolves

Reported Fee: £25m (Top Six Release Clause)

Joe Allen has recently come out and admitted that he would consider staying with the Potters to help them return to the top flight next season, but you get the feeling that if there is even a sniff of interest in him, then he’ll be out of Stoke quicker than Gary Rowett could say ‘Welsh Xavi’.

His £25m release clause only applies to the top six – apart from Liverpool, who comically inserted a clause that doesn’t allow them to buy Allen back – but any substantial offer for the 28-year-old would surely have to be accepted at this point.

5. Wilfried Bony (Swansea)

Clubs Linked: None

Reported Fee: N/A 

The first and only player on this list not to be linked with a varying range of top flight outfits, Wilfried Bony is a bit of a curve ball. However, it is no secret that Swansea are spending a ridiculous amount of money on the Ivorian’s wages, and many claim that the club are looking to move the striker along.

Having spent the second half of the season injured (and indeed, still recovering), Bony hasn’t been able to catch the eye of any suitors. However, many will recall his first stint with the Swans – and there’s a chance he may get another opportunity in the top flight.

He’ll probably go really cheap, too. So there’s that.

4. Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke)

Clubs Linked: West Ham, Tottenham, Everton

Reported Fee: £12m (Release Clause)

Everyone knows that Xherdan Shaqiri has bags of talent, and maybe that’s gone a little under the radar (primarily because it’s been a bit of a disappointing season by his personal standards), but there have been some glimpses of absolute brilliance that showcase exactly why the Switzerland international belongs in the Premier League.

This move has West Ham written allover it. You might as well pre order the shirt now.

3. Lukasz Fabianski

Clubs Linked: Cardiff, Wolves, Newcastle, Watford, Crystal Palace

Reported Fee: £5m

Lukasz Fabianski did not deserve to be relegated. The man almost single handedly stopped the Swans from being mathematically relegated back in February with some of the point-saving stops the Pole made.

Hugely underrated throughout the Premier League (just look at some of his stats over the last few seasons) and could walk into (almost) any team in the top flight. Whoever gets him will be rubbing their hands at such a cheap price.

However, if Fabianski goes to Cardiff, there will be riots in the streets of Swansea.

2. Alfie Mawson (Swansea)

Clubs Linked: Tottenham, Everton, Newcastle

Reported Fee: Anywhere Between £20m and £35m

There have been no end of rumours reporting interest in Alfie Mawson, and the three teams mentioned above are only the most prominent of links from all over the Premier League. At this point it’s almost guaranteed that he’ll be leaving the Liberty, having received strong interest as far back as last summer.

Mawson is a baller. Watching him play, you can’t tell if he’s left or right footed. He’s quick, strong in the air, an excellent passer and an even better tackler. There’s serious talent at hand here and the centre half has the potential to be one of the best in the world.

If he goes for £20m Swansea will feel robbed.

1. Jack Butland (Stoke)

Clubs Linked: Liverpool, Wolves, West Ham, Arsenal

Reported Fee: £40m

Crying? Or dabbing at the fact that he knows he will still be in the top flight next term? Let’s hope it’s the former.

A few mistakes towards the end of the season may have left a few people turning their noses up at Jack Butland, but there’s no denying he’s a good goalkeeper – he’s going to the World Cup expecting to be England’s first choice stopper for Christ’s sake.

However, with that accolade to his name, his price gets ramped up, and Stoke will be rubbing their hands. The latest numbers being floated around are that the Potters will demand £40m for Butland. Understandable, considering Everton paid Sunderland £30m for Jordan Pickford last summer.

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