Jean Michael Seri completes surprise Fulham transfer from OGC Nice on lucrative four-year deal
Posted: 12 July 2018 Time: 12:30
Ivory Coast star Jean Michael Seri has completed a shock move to the Premier League despite being courted by some of Europe's elite clubs over the past 12 months.
Seri, 26, was close to completing a move to FC Barcelona last year before the move collapsed with Nice reluctant to let their star midfielder leave after qualifying for the UEFA Champions League.
Arsenal, Tottenham and Paris Saint-Germain were all reportedly keen on the diminutive playmaker, who's style of play often brought comparisons to Blaugrana legend Xavi Hernandez.
However, newly promoted Fulham, who were lauded as the 'Manchester City of the Championship' last season have pulled off a major coup, smashing their transfer record with the £25m (R444m) deal.
"Jean Michael arrives with Premier League qualities as well as great promise for the future, which is why he has been at the very top of our target list for a long time," Fulham owner Tony Khan told the club's website.
The Cottagers have also completed a deal for Seri's former Nice team-mate Maxime le Marchand.