1. Jean-Michaël Seri to Spurs
Marc: Ligue 1 continues churning out quality central midfielders and arguably the best at his position in the league has been linked with last season’s English Premier League runners up.
The Cote D’Ivoire international possesses strong technical ability and looks composed on both sides of the ball. Over the last two seasons, he averaged 1.5 key passes and completed 90% of his passes, while completing over two dribbles per game and 75% of dribbles overall. He is coming off a career high in goals (seven) and assists (nine) as he helped his club secure a Champions League spot and would be a proper upgrade at a position for Spurs which has some question marks.
With rumours surrounding Manchester United’s interest in Eric Dier, with Mousa Dembélé recovering from foot surgery, and Victor Wanyama being…Victor Wanyama, Spurs would be wise to sign him. This one sounds less than 50/50 at best though, especially with Roma already having bid for the player and seemingly the favourites to land his signature.
Danhai: On the face of it, this deal makes sense as Spurs need another central midfielder who can recycle possession well whenever Dembélé is missing.
The sticking point is Nice’s insistence that Seri’s release clause of €40m be met for him to go anywhere this summer. Roma has already had a £20m bid rejected and with Arsenal, PSG, and Barcelona also apparently interested, Nice are sitting pretty in this situation.
Seri has two years left on his contract so it’s up to Spurs to show how much they want him. Put their money where their mouth is and this one can be wrapped up quickly.
2. Mohamed Salah to Liverpool
Marc: “For Salah there is an offer from an English club but the price will be set by Roma, not the buyers. As I’ve said before, Roma is not a supermarket. Roma is a team that will represent Italy in Europe.” – Monchi
Roma’s new sporting director is refusing to let his club become a hub for potential shoppers, but one shopper in particular appears to be giving their prised Egyptian winger food for thought. Reportedly having agreed personal terms with Liverpool, Salah appears willing to make a triumphant return to the Premiership after an unfulfilling first act at Chelsea.
Salah had a career season in the Italian capital, bagging 15 goals and 11 assists in 31 games and would be a good fit for Jürgen Klopp’s free-wielding system. His overall game has made strides since making the leap to Serie A from Stamford Bridge and, with his agent spotted in London this week, it appears this move is on the verge of happening. With a new manager coming in at Roma and the irresistible lure of Champions League football at Anfield next season, I believe this move is a mere formality.
Danhai: Yes. Sadio’s Mané’s absences at different points in the season showed how much Liverpool need another attacking threat. The money is, as usual, the only inhibiting factor with reports of a £35m bid tabled.
However, with Roma set to make a significant profit on the €15m they paid to Chelsea for the Egyptian, them holding out for £40m looks more for show than anything. As Salah’s agent is already in England, this deal seems like a matter of when and not if.