Raul Sanllehi close in on signing star who will bench Granit Xhaka this season

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L’Equipe reports that Arsenal are ahead of Manchester United and Liverpool in the race to sign Nice midfielder Jean Seri.

Arsenal head of football relations, Raul Sanllehi, has a good working relationship with Seri’s agent and that has tilted the balance of purchasing power in their favour.

The Ivory Coast international playmaker has been a standout performer for Nice in recent seasons, and that’s led to the interest from the three Premier League clubs.

But it seems the Gunners are confident they will be able to successfully trigger Seri’s £35m release clause and bring him to the Emirates, perhaps in place of Granit Xhaka. The Swiss midfielder has put in a string of underwhelming performances this season and is tipped to be shown the exit when the new manager arrives in the summer.

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