Chelsea have emerged as the favourites to land Jean Michael Seri after the midfielder sat down with representatives from Arsenal, according to reports.
Arsenal held talks with Seri recently as they bid to convince the Ligue 1 star to reject Chelsea and Barcelona.
The recent appointment of Arsenal director Raul Sanllehi had given the Gunners hope they could snatch up Seri because the former Barcelona transfer guru had a pre-existing relationship with the player.
Sanllehi tried to broker a deal between Nice and Barcelona last summer and was confident his past dealings with Seri and his team would put Arsenal in a strong position to sign the 26-year-old.
However, the Mirror claim Chelsea are set to beat Arsenal to Seris signature despite the Gunners making progress in talks.
Chelsea will push ahead with plans to revamp their squad regardless of when Antonio Conte is given the axe.
Transfer dealings operate independently from the Chelsea manager and the Blues hierarchy have already drawn up a list of summer targets.
Conte has constantly butted heads with the Blues board over transfers and has publicly criticised the set-up at Stamford Bridge.
Nice will demand a hefty fee for Seri after another impressive campaign from the Ivory Coast international.
Jean Michael Seri 2017/18 Stats
Seri made 42 appearances this season and managed to lay on ten assists for his team-mates.
Nice value their wanted midfielder at around £40million, although Seri is entering the final 12 months of his contract.
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