Barcelona Transfer News: Jean Seri January Swoop Planned, Angel Di Maria Rumours

Christopher SimpsonFeatured ColumnistSeptember 13, 2017

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)
Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images

Barcelona are reportedly set to reignite their pursuit of OGC Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri in January. 

According to Sport, sources in the club have confirmed they may yet snap him up in the winter after a summer deal fell through, and the player is still said to be receptive to a transfer as it is "his dream" to move to the Camp Nou.

The Guardian's Ed Aarons detailed what happened when Barca pursued Seri during the transfer window:

Despite failing to sign the 26-year-old, the team have made a strong start to the season with three wins from three matches in La Liga. They also gained a modicum of revenge on Juventus on Tuesday as they dispatched them 3-0 in the UEFA Champions League, having lost to them in the quarter-finals of the competition last year.

Rafael Hernandez would welcome the addition of Seri to the squad, though:

Indeed, the midfielder would be well-suited to life at Barcelona.

According to Squawka, in just three Ligue 1 appearances this season, Seri has already created 13 chances and attempted 292 passes, 90 per cent of which he has completed successfully.

The Ivory Coast international has also shown a glimpse of his dribbling skills, having completed eight of his 10 attempted take-ons.

WhoScored.com further illustrated his impressive creativity:

The team are in desperate need of more quality in midfield, and Seri could provide that. If they can secure his signature in January, it would provide a significant boost to their prospects for the second half of the season.

Meanwhile, L'Equipe (h/t Sport) reported how close Barcelona came to signing Angel Di Maria from Paris Saint-Germain, with the two clubs ultimately €10 million apart in their valuation.

PSG are said to have demanded €60 million, while Barcelona's final offer comprised of €45 million with a further €5 million in add-ons.

Hernandez was relieved the club did not meet PSG's asking price:

After recruiting Ousmane Dembele to replace Neymar, another winger would have been somewhat unnecessary, and the 29-year-old hasn't hit the heights he did at Real Madrid since departing Los Blancos in 2014.

That said, he is still a supremely creative player at a similar level to Barca's best, per Squawka Football:

Barcelona sorely need to strengthen further back, though, so Di Maria's capture wouldn't have addressed the holes in their team.

The €60 million saved in not purchasing him can be much better spent elsewhere, such as on Seri.