Jean Michael Seri will be Barcelona's next signing. The operation is close to being closed and the player has given his OK to a four-year deal.
Barça are trying to release the clause he's agreed with Nice (40 million euros), but in the case that there is no agreement, they will pay the full amount next week. The club and Ernesto Valverde have already taken the decision.
There's a lot of concern at Barça about the performances in midfield last season. And that evaluation increased with the defeats against Real Madrid in the Super Cup.
Therefore, the Catalan club decided to go for both Paulinho and Seri, with the Brazilian already signed and the Ivorian set to follow soon.
Barcelona have already spoken with the player's entourage, asking them not to sign for anyone else and promising talks after Nice's Champions League qualifier against Napoli. Said and done.
On Thursday, Barça spoke with Seri's brother, who is his agent, and communicated their desire to take the operation forward. The agreement, from there, was easy.
Barça tried to reduce the cost down to 30 million euros, but Nice did not accept. The most likely ending is the pay the 40 million euros, although an agreement could be reached for it to be paid in installments.
Sources close to the operation confirmed that the player is really excited and hopes things will be finalised soon.
Seri could be available for the second game of the La Liga season, away against Alaves next weekend.