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Reports making the round Arsenal have been handed a massive boost in signing Jean Michael Seri as Roma are set to drop out of the race.
The Guardian reports Roma are believed to be put off by the Ivory Coast international’s £35million release clause.
Arsenal are set to face competition from Arsenal and Tottenham as Seri has been heavily linked with a move to London.
During last season, Seri said he would only leave Nice if he was a guaranteed starter at his next club.
Seri said: “There are a lot of clubs that follow me. But there is nothing done.
“If I leave, it will be to join a club where there is a real desire to play football as in Nice.
“And I’m not going to be on the bench, I’m leaving only if I know I’m going to play.”
The report suggest Seri is been tipped as Mesut Ozil’s replacement as he is yet to sign a contract extension at Arsenal having just 12 months left on his current contract.