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Xavi: Barcelona Transfer Target Jean Seri “Has Barça DNA”

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The midfielder has gotten the blessing of the high priest of tiki taka

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OGC NIce’s Jean Seri has received many plaudits for his recent performances, but perhaps none will be as meaningful as the ones he’s getting from Barcelona legend Xavi. In an interview with Eurosport, the Barcelona legend praised the up-and comer:

When I was told that a Nice player was nicknamed the "African Xavi,” I followed him very closely. I watched matches and a ton of videos. I didn’t know him... and I was spellbound: I’m not used to seeing such a talent in midfield. Short passing, long passing, tactical intelligence, distance shooting, personality, organizing play, that last magic pass ... "madre mia!” He would do very well at Barça! He can play anywhere in the middle. Seri is fantastic. I can say, without hesitation, that he has what we call "Barça DNA.”

There is intense speculation that Seri will make a switch to Barcelona before the transfer window closes. Barcelona are currently chasing two mega stars - Ousmane Dembele of Borussia Dortmund and Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool - but Seri could become just as pivotal.

With Xavi’s endorsement, do Seri’s chances go up? Xavi says he hopes so. “I hope that Barça will sign him, because otherwise he will cost double next year.”