PSG accused of driving up Barcelona’s fee for Nice midfielder Jean Seri

• Ivorian’s agent says French club have no interest in signing player
• Poor relations between Barcelona and PSG blamed for breakdown

Paris Saint-Germain have been accused of attempting to force up the price for Nice’s Jean Michaël Seri after Barcelona pulled out of the race to sign the Ivory Coast midfielder.

Seri, who has also been tracked by several Premier League clubs this summer including Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham, to complete a €40m (£36m) move to the Camp Nou this week after his representatives agreed a four-year contract with Barça officials. The only sticking point was the structure of the fee, which was dictated by a agreement in the 26-year-old’s contract that stipulated he would be allowed to leave for a fixed price, with Barcelona initially offering to pay €30m up front and the rest in add-ons.

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