Chelsea have opened talks with Nice over a deal for Jean Michael Seri, according to reports in France.
The 26-year-old has been linked with several of Europe’s top clubs including Manchester United, Manchester City, Barcelona and Arsenal.
The Ivory Coast international is available due to a €40 million (£35m) release clause in his contract.
And according to L’Equipe, Chelsea have made the first move to sign the midfielder this summer.
The report claims that Chelsea have held initial talks with Nice about a deal for Seri, but the Premier League champions will face strong competition.
Seri is available for €40m (£35m) this summer.
Last month, reports claimed that Seri is on Manchester United’s shortlist as a potential signing to replace Michael Carrick, who retires at the end of the season.
Barcelona also tried to sign Seri last summer and could reignite their interest at the end of the season.
Paris Saint-Germain set to step up their efforts to sign £52.5 million star from Chelsea
Paris Saint-Germain are set to step up their efforts to sign N’Golo Kante from Chelsea.
The midfielder has been linked with a move to France over the past few months and Brazilian media outlet UOL Esporte has now claimed that the 27-year-old is PSG’s main summer transfer target.
Kante is valued at over £50 million, a price that PSG consider to be too high despite their massive financial outlay in recent times.
After spending the early part of his career with Boulogne and Caen, Kante left France in 2015 to join Leicester City for £5.6 million.
He became an integral member of the club’s first ever Premier League win during his only season with the club.
Kante signed for Chelsea the following summer for £32 million, winning the league again in his first season at Stamford Bridge.
He also won the PFA Players’ Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year and became the first outfield player to win back-to-back English league titles with different clubs since Eric Cantona in 1992 and 1993.
Kante made his senior international debut for France in 2016. He was included in their squad that finished runners-up at that year’s European Championship.