Arsene Wenger has been hit with a blow in his pursuit of Nice star Jean Michael Seri this summer.
The Gunners are believed to be in the market for a new midfielder following the arrivals of Sead Kolasinac and Alexandre Lacazette.
Jean Michael Seri has emerged as one of the players whom Wenger is keeping tabs on at the moment.
However, according to reports, Barcelona have already begun talks with the 26-year-old over a transfer move.
Seri has caught the eye of several big clubs after an impressive 2016/17 campaign, and he showed why he has so many suitors with a sublime assist earlier this week.
The Ivorian has a release clause of €40 million (£36 million) which Arsenal were reportedly preparing to offer.
But with Barcelona now pursuing the midfielder’s services as well, the Gunners face a real battle in signing Seri.