According to reports, Everton target Jean Michael Seri wishes to move to a club that plays Champions League football.
Seri excelled for Nice last season, helping the club to qualify for the Champions League and he was reportedly close to joining Barcelona during the summer but the French clubs president Jean-Pierre Reivere claimed that the Catalan giants pulled out of a possible deal at the last minute.
Rivere said: “The two clubs (Nice and Barcelona) had agreed a price of €40m (£36.8m), but the situation took a turn at the last moment.
“[Nice’s general director Julien Fournier called me and said] ‘Jean-Pierre, I don’t understand anything. Barcelona just called me. Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu, with some embarrassment, tells me that they don’t want Seri.
“I don’t understand anything. It was practically done. I put myself in the place of Seri and it’s tough. His dream of going to Barca was close, but in one night it broke down.”
Everton could lose out in the race to sign Seri especially as it is highly unlikely that they will be able to offer him Champions League football.