Nice President Discusses Jean-Michel Seri Failed Barcelona Transfer

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Nice president Jean-Pierre Rivere says

Barcelona pulled the plug on their move

for Ivory Coast midfielder Jean-Michel


Barca were linked strongly with a move

for Seri during the summer transfer

window and at one stage were reportedly

on the verge of securing his signature.

Speaking to Canal+, Rivere said: “The

two clubs (Nice and Barcelona) had

agreed a price of €40m, but the situation

took a turn at the last moment.

“[Nice’s general director Julien Fourinier

called me and said] ‘Jean-Pierre, I don’t

understand anything. Barcelona just

called me. [Barca president Josep Maria]

Bartomeu, with some embarrassment,

tells me that they don’t want Seri.’

“I don’t understand anything. It was

practically done. I put myself in the

place of Seri and it’s tough. His dream of

going to Barca was close, but in one

night it broke [down].”

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