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Barca closing on Nice striker

Jean Michael Seri

Barcelona will respond to their failure to lure Phillipe Coutinho to the Nou Camp by going after Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri, according to the Sun.

The Ivorian, who has been capped 14 times by his country, has a £36.5m release clause in his contract, a fee which Barca would be happy to meet in lieu of the £198m windfall from Neymar’s move to PSG.

Seri starred as Nice sustained a surprise challenge for the Ligue 1 title in France last term, although the club look set to miss out on Champions League group stages after going 2-0 to Napoli in the play-off round on Tuesday.