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Chelsea target puts summer move on hold

The Daily Mail reports that Chelsea have lined-up a £35 million swoop for Nice midfielder Jean-Michael Seri, but that he is not prepared to join the club until he knows who will succeed Antonio Conte as manager.

Seri, who has also been tracked by a host of other Premier League clubs, including both Manchester clubs, Liverpool and Arsenal, has been identified as Chelsea’s top transfer target, but the player is unwilling to move to West London until the managerial situation at the club has been clarified.

After a disappointing League campaign and increasing friction with the Stamford Bridge board, Conte is unlikely to be at the helm at Chelsea next season, and, until the identity of his successor is known, Seri does not want to commit his future to the Blues.

A host of big names have been linked with the managerial appointment at Chelsea, including former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique, and current Juventus and Napoli managers Massimiliano Allegri and Maurizio Sarri.

Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.