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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Juventus’ Beppe Marotta Addresses Rumours Surrounding Paul Pogba & Alvaro Morata’s Potential Returns

Juventus CEO Beppe Marotta has spoken out on rumours that Premier League duo Paul Pogba and Alvaro Morata want to return to the Scudetto holders. However, he quashed rumours that either star could re-join this summer.

It was from there the football executive was asked his thoughts on the recent managerial appointments and departures in the league, as well as any updates on Juventus’ transfer dealings, as reported by Italian news outlet ?Calciomercato.

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“The most important phase of the transfer market has just begun. We have many footballers and I am aware about the rumours concerning [Alvaro] Morata and other former footballers that want to return to Juve. 

“I am happy because it means they spent a very good time at Juve and it’s nice to notice that they’d like to be back.”

Marotta’s comments come amidst reports linking the return of ?Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata, following a fruitless season in the Premier League, and, most notably, ?Manchester United’s Paul Pogba – a man they made the most expensive player of all time in 2016, paying a then-world record fee of £89m to bring the Frenchman to Old Trafford.

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Although after two seasons whereby the France international has failed to hit the heights he found himself capable of with Juventus and while on international duty, ?he has been linked with a dramatic return to his former club in the summer transfer window. 

Speaking further on the matter, Marotta said: “I don’t want to deceive fans, our attacking department is already complete and we have some top International footballers. Any kind of transfer right now is utopia. 

“Mandzukic? You know Juventus do not want to keep unhappy players or players who have no motivations to remain. Mandzukic has never told us that he wants to leave so I think he will be staying for next season.”

Assuming there are no departures from Juventus in an attacking capacity, it seems as though neither Morata or Pogba will get their Juve reunion they reportedly desire.

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Crystal Palace Stalwart Mamadou Sakho Urges the Club to Sign Loan Star on a Permanent Deal

After a difficult season whereby ?Crystal Palace barely secured their Premier League survival, French defender Mamadou Sakho has urged the club to sign sign one of their standout players from the previous campaign on a permanent deal.

The former Liverpool defender has put the onus on the Eagles bosses to secure a deal for ?Chelsea loanee Ruben Loftus-Cheek after a fantastic 2017/18 campaign saw him notch two goals and three assists, as well as securing a call-up to England’s World Cup squad.

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The 22-year-old midfielder put in a series of excellent performances for Roy Hodgson’s Palace side before returning to his parent club, Chelsea, at the end of the season. 

Now, with Palace facing the task of building upon their mid-table finish for next season, Sakho believes Loftus-Cheek should be brought back to Selhurst Park, as reported by ?talkSPORT.

“I would say yes. Ruben is really talented and has a lot of quality,” Sakho explained.

“His season was a little bit difficult for him as he had a long-term injury but when he came back we saw the difference that he can make on the pitch.

“So yes I think that it can be a really good deal for the club. You have a few people in the club that are trying to make the best choice about the players and to have a good squad next year.”

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After managing to secure their Premier League status for yet another year, Palace will be keen to keep hold of their standout performers this season. 

However, as well as potentially losing Loftus-Cheek, ?the Eagles may also be without their talisman Wilfried Zaha for the 2018/19 campaign, with the Ivorian international keen to play European football.

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PHOTO: Alvaro Morata Spotted With Juventus Director in Milan Amid Growing Speculation About Future

There was an intriguing development in the Alvara Morata saga on Wednesday, as the ?Chelsea striker was photographed with his agent and ?Juventus director Fabio Paratici – but not in Juve’s home city of Turin.

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As shown by a tweet from Transfer News Live, Morata was seen in ?Milan. I Rossoneri have reportedly held talks with Chelsea about the possibility of signing him, ?according to the Daily Mail. So the Spain striker was with a representative of ?a club reportedly interested in him – and where he played for two seasons from 2014 to 2016 – in another likely suitor’s home city.


Whatever it means, this photo isn’t likely to dampen speculation about Morata’s future, as it looks increasingly unlikely that he will remain at Stamford Bridge. However, according to ?Sky Italia, no discussions regarding a potential move took place during the chance meeting.

Although his Premier League tally of 11 goals in 31 appearances seems respectable by most standards – and isn’t vastly worse than his record of 15 league goals in 26 games for ?Real Madrid in the 2016/17 season – Morata’s performances for Chelsea are still regarded as a major disappointment by many Blues fans, who no doubt expected more goals for a club record fee of £60m.

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Morata’s frustrating season went from bad to worse when Olivier Giroud moved from ?Arsenal to Stamford Bridge in the January transfer window. It seemed to confirm that the club had lost confidence in the Spaniard’s ability to lead the line.

In fact, Giroud’s relatively modest goalscoring record since leaving the Gunners may be even more galling for Morata – the Frenchman has made 18 appearances for the Blues but has found the net just five times.

To cap what has been a miserable season for the Spain striker, ?he was left out of his country’s squad for this summer’s FIFA World Cup in Russia. Wherever he plays next season, Morata will surely hope that it’s a significant improvement on the last one.

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Bayern Munich’s Arturo Vidal Rules Out Chelsea Switch But Remains Keen on Other Premier League Club

After spending three seasons with ?Bayern Munich, Chile’s Arturo Vidal is reportedly looking for a new challenge away from the Bavarian club, and has been ?heavily linked with a switch to the Premier League.

The 31-year-old midfielder is widely anticipated to leave Bayern Munich this summer, after having won the ?Bundesliga for third time with Die Bayern, ?although the former ?Juventus man will be slightly disheartened by Chile’s failure to qualify for the World Cup, as well as sustaining a knee injury in April. 

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In recent years, Vidal has been heavily tipped to join ?Chelsea should he choose to come to the Premier League, not least due to the positive relationship he established with Blues boss Antonio Conte throughout their time in Turin together.

However, with Conte widely tipped to leave Chelsea this summer, as well as the Blues failing to secure qualification to the Champions League, Vidal is reportedly no longer interesting in making the switch to London, as reported by Chilean journalist Maks Cárdenas.

Instead, ?Manchester United have become the main subject of Vidal’s interest, with Bayern reportedly ready to allow the Chile midfielder leave for a fee of €50m.

??Despite Vidal still having one year remaining on his contract, he is keen to leave Bayern Munich, with the incoming Leon Goretzka expected to limit the 31-year-old’s opportunities at the Allianz Arena.

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