By Danny Wright
Liverpool have entered the race for Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri, according to a reliable journalist.
Guardian Sport’s deputy news editor Ed Aarons reported on his personal Twitter account on Monday afternoon that the Reds are the latest team to “register an interest” in the 26-year-old playmaker, who is understood to be available for £36.3million.
— Ed Aarons (@ed_aarons) August 14, 2017
Reliable journalist Aarons has previously reported that Liverpool’s local rivals Everton were also keen on the Ivory Coast international as well as Arsenal, Tottenham and Spanish titans Barcelona.
Seri was a key part of the Nice team that surprisingly qualified for the Champions League in Ligue 1 last season as they finished as the best of the rest after Monaco and Paris St. Germain.
The deep-lying playmaker has continued to prove pivotal in the early fixtures of this season having pulled the strings in victory over Dutch giants Ajax in the Champions League qualifiers over two legs as he supplied an assist in each game.
The south France side has a tough draw for the play-offs this week when they take on Napoli in the first leg, where they will be hoping that Seri can once again prove instrumental to help to take them to the group stages.
Last season, Seri scored seven goals and supplied nine assists in 39 appearances across all competitions.
Football Insider Verdict
Liverpool could definitely do with an extra body in their midfield after Watford exposed more flaws in their squad on Saturday when they shipped three goals in a thrilling draw at Vicarage Road. Jurgen Klopp needs to add a bit of steel to his midfield and Seri could be the man to do that. Although he is great passer, he is also a good player to sit in front of the back four and supply extra cover to what is a shaky defensive line. Ultimately, Klopp needs a leader. He needs someone who can keep other players in check and current club captain Jordan Henderson doesn’t seem to be that man.
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