Everton set to battle Arsenal for the signature of classy midfielder

The imminent departure of Ross Barkley means Everton need a new attacking midfielder.

The Toffees are determined to finish their transfer business on time this summer and that may require them abandoning their pursuit of Swansea midfielder, Gylfi Sigurdsson.

The Toffees have been trying to sign the Iceland international through this summer, but are not making much progress as Swansea refuse to reduce their £50 million asking price for their top assist provider.

However, Ronald Koeman can only wait a few more weeks or perhaps days as he has identified Arsenal target Jean Seri from Nice as a capable alternative.

Arsenal has been linked with the young midfielder for most of the summer, however, they now face competition for his signature from Everton.

Seri was one of the best midfielders in France last season and his performances for Nice which saw them through qualification for the Champions League has attracted the interest of several top teams.

Ronal Koeman desperately needs a midfielder that would act as a supply line for his attackers this season, and thinks Seri who scored seven goals and provided nine assists for Nice last season is capable of performing that task.

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