ARSENAL and Barcelona target Jean-Michael Seri had admitted Paris Saint-Germain have already been in touch.
And that delay has opened the door for PSG, who made contact via sporting director Antero Henrique.
Asked if there had been talks, Seri, 26, told Le Parisien: “Yes, there have been, especially with the sports director Antero Henrique.
“If I leave Nice, it will be for a team where I feel desired and who play good football.
“Paris has this philosophy, to which I am very attached. So why not?”
Seri has been compared to PSG playmaker Marco Verratti, himself a Barcelona target.
But the 16-cap Ivorian international does not believe he is in the same league yet.
He added: “We are alike, it’s a bit of a model. I watch the Paris matches and I try to be inspired by them.
“I think he’s ahead of me. I am in Nice. Even if this club is growing, it is not comparable to PSG.
“Marco is surrounded by stars. Talent also exists here, but we do not have the same experience.
“I find myself in his way of thinking. Both of us are constantly striving to make our partners better.
“Like him, I like to take risks in my game. If I were only satisfied with what is simple, predictable, I would not be Micka Seri.”