Chelsea are reportedly poised to pip Arsenal to the signing of OGC Nice star Jean-Michael Seri.

According to claims from the Mirror, the Blues are leading the race to sign the midfielder, who is a strong target for Arsenal ahead of the summer transfer window.

Seri has been a standout performer for Nice over the course of the last two seasons and has been continuously linked with a move to the Premier League.

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Arsenal are claimed to have opened talks with the Ivory Coast international’s representatives as they accelerate their pursuit of the player ahead of the summer.

However, their efforts could be to of no avail, with Chelsea claimed by the Mirror to be at the front of the queue in the race to sign Seri.

If either side are to land the midfielder this summer, though, they will need to cough up a considerable sum. It’s reported that Nice value Seri at a huge sum of £40 million and are keen to retain his services for the foreseeable future.