Manchester United are reportedly keeping a close eye on the performances of Nice midfielder Jean-Michel Seri ahead of a potential approach for his signature during the summer.
The Ivory Coast international had been widely tipped to leave Nice during last summer’s transfer window, but his proposed move to Barcelona supposedly fell through.
According to The Manchester Evening News, United are monitoring the progress of the box-to-box midfielder, who has been earmarked as a probable replacement for Michael Carrick.
The £35million man is normally a holding midfielder by trade, but the Ivorian suits Jose Mourinho’s system, given he is capable of pushing forward during offensive play, whilst he does not mind taking long shots.
A suitable valuation has not been placed, but he is seen as a cheaper alternative to Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, who is likely to cost in upwards of £100m during the next transfer window.
United are, however, not alone in the pursuit of Seri with arch-rivals Manchester City said to hold an interest. The Citizens are eyeing the midfielder as a long-term replacement for Fernandinho, and this may play into the hands of United with Seri having previously indicated that he would not join a big club to be on the bench.