Jean-Michael Seri plans to leave Fulham at the end of the season, with a return to Ligue 1 emerging as the most likely option for the Ivorian international.
Seri was the marquee signing of Fulham’s £100million overhaul when he joined from Nice in the summer for a fee in excess of £20m.
However he has been among several of those recruits to have endured a tough time in the Premier League, even if he showed flashes of the talent that led to Xavi dubbing him his heir apparent.
Football.london understands that Seri has not officially begun talks to leave the Cottagers, who had hoped to retain him, but it is clear he has no intention of playing in the Championship next season.
The midfielder’s representatives have already received declarations of interest over a summer transfer, with several clubs in Ligue 1 believed to be keen to bring the Ivory Coast star back to France.
Seri was pursued by Borussia Dortmund last summer before being won over by a significantly more financially generous offer from newly-promoted Fulham.
The Cottagers are likely to have to countenance a transfer fee significantly less than the £22m they paid Nice for him in the summer of 2018.
The 27-year-old started brightly with a goal and assist to his name after his first four Premier League games but was among several of the Fulham squad who felt alienated by Claudio Ranieri, under whom he was in and out of the team.
Fulham had hoped to keep hold of Seri over the coming summer despite the club likely playing in the Championship next season as they look for an immediate bounce-back from what has been a disaster of a season.
They also still remain hopeful of keeping hold of the likes of Alfie Mawson and Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa next season, who arrived in the summer for big transfer fees but haven’t been able to have the impact the club had hoped for.