Nice president, Jean-Pierre Rivere, has confirmed that Jean Seri’s release clause is £33m.
- Seri signed for Nice from Pacos de Ferreira in 2015
- His contract runs out in 2019
- Nice president says if release clause met, midfielder can go
- Spurs, PSG and Barcelona also linked
Arsenal have been told in no uncertain terms that if they meet Seri’s release clause, they can have him.
“Seri has a clause worth €40m [£33m],” Jean-Pierre Rivere told RMC [via Daily Star].
“It made everyone smile when we put this clause in two years ago.
“At that price, he will be free. Without it, we do not have the intention to sell him for the moment.
“Even if people do not take clauses seriously in France, they deserve some sort of respect.
“If tomorrow, a club offers the clause for Jean, he will go.”
The 25-year-old midfielder has put in numerous key performances for Nice this season, scoring six goals in 32 Ligue 1 appearances.
Seri has also racked up nine assists, meaning that he’s had a hand (or foot) in 15 of Nice’s Ligue 1 goals this season – a quarter of the French club’s total.
While the Ivory Coast international’s release clause is £33m, Nice are expected to accept any offer in the region of £20m.
Speaking recently, the central midfielder said that if he was going to move, it would have to be to a team where he would be given regular first team football. He’s not willing to sit on the bench.
“There are a lot of clubs that follow me. But there is nothing done,” he said.
“If I leave, it will be to join a club where there is a real desire to play football as in Nice. And I’m not going to be on the bench, I’m leaving only if I know I’m going to play.”