It has been revealed that Fulham have rejected two bids from Lyon for their 28-year-old central midfielder Jean Michael Seri, according to reports in FootMercato.
Reports suggest that Lyon have submitted two formal offers for the 28-year-old, with the first coming in at €11 million, and the second an improved €12 million.
It is thought that Fulham have rejected both bids from the Ligue 1 club, as the offers do not meet the club’s valuation of the Ivory Coast international.
The Ivorian is currently on a season-long loan from Fulham at Turkish SuperLig side Galatasaray.
It is believed that the Cottagers want a sum of €18 million for Seri for a deal to be considered – as it is the clause in Galatasaray’s contract that makes the deal permanent.
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Seri has made a total of eighteen appearances for Galatasaray so far this season, scoring one goal.
The 28-year-old remains one of Fulham’s most expensive signings at the club. The Ivorian signed for the Cottagers in the summer of 2018 from OGC Nice for a fee of £20 million+.
Although it is a significant development concerning Jean Michael Seri, the offers from Lyon will likely not lead to anything happening, with Galatasaray’s loan deal the stumbling block for the French club.
Even so, €12 million represents a massive loss for Fulham, and on that basis, the club would’ve likely rejected the same bid even if Seri was not at the Turkish club.