Last summer, Fulham fans were full of optimism at what the 2018-19 season had in store for them but with relegation now confirmed, they’re facing up to the prospect of losing some key players, with Crystal Palace believed to be keen on Ivory Coast international Jean Michaël Seri.
Having first made a name for himself in Ligue 1 with Nice, Seri will not be short of offers from across the continent and alongside Palace, Monaco are thought to be making admiring glances in the midfielder’s direction but if he is relatively settled in London, a switch to Selhurst Park could make an awful lot of sense.
Crystal Palace looking at signing Jean Michaël Seri on loan from Fulham. Ivory Coast midfielder also wanted by Monaco
— Ed Aarons (@ed_aarons) June 10, 2019
It is thought that Palace would favour an initial loan deal with the prospect of making Seri’s stay a permanent one further down the line but with Fulham likely to want to cut their losses altogether if they are to be without him, we may have to reevaluate that stance if we are intent on landing him ahead of his numerous other suitors.
At 27, the central midfielder could offer the sense of dynamism and link up play that Palace were sometimes missing from the middle of the park last term. In truth, it’s likely that Max Meyer was brought in with the intention of pulling those strings but for whatever reason, Roy Hodgson has seldom chosen to use the German in a central role behind our front-men. Could Seri offer what Meyer couldn’t next term and nail down a regular starting place? He’d be faced with stiff competition but it would be silly to write him off on the basis of a poor season at a side who looked destined for the drop from roughly October onwards.
In his most productive season with Nice, (2016/17) Seri managed to notch seven goals and nine assists, alerting clubs across Europe to his presence; there’s no doubt that in the right environment he’s a player with a lot to offer, now it’s just a case of working out whether or not a switch to Selhurst is something he’s open to.