Why Manchester City should sign this £35m midfield beast to boost their squad depth

Jean Michael Seri is one those diminutive midfield players who has a driving run in him every time he has the ball. The good thing about the Ivorian is that he can either play a high energy game or spark a dull game with his own creativity.

He arrived at the French League and has performed well for Nice, helping them to play Champions League football this season.

Seri has been linked with many Premier League clubs in the past two to three transfer windows. He currently has a release clause of £35m and there is a possibility that English champions Manchester City could be tempted to bid for the midfielder as they have already been linked with the player.

Preferred Positions

Seri has played in various positions for Nice in the Ligue 1. His preferred position is in central midfield as a number 8, playing ahead of the defensive midfielder and influencing the game in the attack. In spite of that, he has a good footballing sense of helping the defence out when needed.

Jean Michael Seri

He can play his best football when positioned in a midfield three. It helps him to be expressive on the ball with an assurance of a defensive midfielder behind him. So, if Manchester City and Pep Guardiola require his services, he may well settle in nicely with the 4-3-3 formation.

What would he Offer to Manchester City?

City have one of the best central midfield partnerships in David Silva and Kevin de Bruyne, in front of defensive shield Fernandinho.

However, their backup is Ilkay Gundogan, who ain’t bad at all but the issue is that Guardiola doesn’t have a backup No.8 of adequate quality. Fabian Delph can slot in there if needed but having Seri in the squad would be extremely helpful.

The Ivorian can offer pace from midfield with expert ball control. He may be short in height but has the physicality to be effective in the Premier League.

His passing accuracy is around 90% in the past two seasons, which shows us the capability of a man who can play possession football of the highest order.


The question is whether City and Guardiola would bid for Seri or not. As far as quality of the player is concerned, there is no doubt that the Ivorian will improve the squad. So, if they are thinking of bidding for him this summer, “go on” should be the answer.


Written by Mizgan Masani

A football enthusiast, who loves to analyse the game in depth. Following various leagues and knowing about the playing styles of different managers intrigues me to the core.
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