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Liverpool Register Interest In €40m Naby Keita Alternative

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - AUGUST 02: Jean Michael Seri of OGC Nice during the UEFA Champions League Qualifying Third Round match between Ajax and OSC Nice at Amsterdam Arena on August 2, 2017 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images)

With just over two weeks remaining of this summer’s transfer window, Liverpool aren’t quite done in the market just yet.

Jurgen Klopp confirmed as much last week, and irrespective of Philippe Coutinho leaving Anfield or not, the Reds boss outlined intentions to at least bring in a new midfielder.

With Naby Keita very much closed off to them (for now at least), the Guardian are reporting that Klopp and Liverpool could turn to in-demand Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri to add to their ranks after making an initial enquiry.

Jean Seri from OSC Nice during the UEFA Champions League Qualifying Third Round: Second Leg match between AJAX Amsterdam and OSC Nice at Amsterdam Arena, on August 2, 2017 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Andy Astfalck/Getty Images)

Arsenal had long been rumoured with a move for the Ivory Coast international, but the midfielder’s asking price was a deterrent for Arsene Wenger formalising his interest, so too was the fact that the Gunners have too many midfielders as it is. Barcelona were also thought to be keen, but the €40m acquisition of former Tottenham midfielder Paulinho from Chinese Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande is likely to end their interest.

Indeed Roma were strongly linked earlier in the summer and looked set to complete a €35m move for him before it fell through. The Italians are not expected to return to the table.

That could leave the path clear for Liverpool (though don’t discount PSG completely), who face a race against time now to add to their midfield ahead of that August 31st deadline. While their £70m offer for Keita was rejected out of hand by RB Leipzig, prising Seri out of Nice would be an altogether easier task.

Although the Ligue 1 side still have a Champions League qualifier against Napoli coming up, the 26-year-old has a very reasonable €40m asking price, a fee that Liverpool could easily afford given the fact that it is around half of what they were prepared to pay for Keita. They are unlikely to stand in his way if the asking price is met, with Nice president Jean-Pierre Rivere seemingly confirming to RMC in May that the fee, in fact, at his release clause although those aren’t technically legally binding in France):

“Even if we don’t take clauses seriously in France, they still have to be respected. If tomorrow, a club bids €40 million for Jean Michael, he’ll go.”

It remains to be seen if the enquiry results in a formal offer, but Liverpool’s business this summer is far from over (in terms of both incomings and outgoings).

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.