Seri: Barcelona target's 40m-euro buy-out clause has expired

The Nice midfielder's release figure reportedly expired in mid-July, leaving Barça tasked with negotiating what is likely to be a higher fee
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Seri: Barcelona target's 40m-euro buy-out clause has expired
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Barcelona have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Jean-Michäel Seri, following the emergence that the Nice midfielder's release clause expired over a month ago.

Barcelona had been expected to pay buy-out this week

Having stepped up their efforts to sign Seri, Barça had appeared set to pay his 40-million-euro buy-out figure this week, with Los Azulgranas understood to have agreed a four-year contract with the Ivory Coast international.

However, L'Equipe reports that the clause in the 26-year-old's Nice contract was only effective until 15 July, leaving Barça now facing the prospect of having to negotiate a fee with chiefs of the Ligue 1 club.

Seri has won 13 caps for the Ivory Coast.

LaLiga giants could end up paying well above 40m

Nice are fully aware of Barça's pressing desire to add to their squad and, with time running out in the summer window, the situation could see his fee rise considerably above 40 million.

Barcelona unveiled midfielder Paulinho on Thursday, but continue to be frustrated in their attempts to sign Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho and Borussia Dortmund's Ousmane Dembélé as they seek to replace winger Neymar, who joined Paris Saint-Germain for a world-record 222 million euros this month.

The Catalans' summer business has also seen them purchase right-back Nelson Semedo from Benfica and re-sign winger Gerard Deulofeu from Everton.

LaLiga Santander

Table PTS W D L
1Real Madrid 3 1 0 0
2Barcelona 3 1 0 0
3R. Sociedad 3 1 0 0
Full standing
Next matches
Alavés - Barcelona S-26/08 18:15
Barcelona - Espanyol S-09/09 20:45
Getafe - Barcelona S-16/09 16:15

*Update 21 de agosto de 2017

Ligue 1

Table PTS W D L
10Estrasburgo 4 1 1 1
11Niza 3 1 0 2
12Caen 3 1 0 2
Full standing
Next matches
Amiens - Niza S-26/08 20:00
Niza - Mónaco S-09/09 20:00
Rennes - Niza S-16/09 20:00

*Update 21 de agosto de 2017