‘Bartomeu embarrassed over Seri farce’

first_imgTransfers Bartomeu embarrassed over Barca’s Seri farce – Nice president Sacha Pisani Last updated 2 years ago 06:29 9/4/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) JeanMichaelSeri-cropped Getty Images Transfers Nice Barcelona Ligue 1 Primera División The midfielder’s €40million move fell apart in mysterious circumstances, with Nice pinning the blame squarely at the feet of the Catalans Nice president Jean-Pierre Rivere revealed he received a phone call from Barcelona counterpart Josep Maria Bartomeu, who expressed his embarrassment after the La Liga giants pulled out of a deal for Jean-Michael Seri.Ivory coast international Seri appeared set for a €40million move to Camp Nou until the proposed transfer suddenly broke down.Blaugrana 11/10 to beat Espanyol -2 handicap Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Seri, 26, criticised the Ligue 1 side over the collapsed deal before the transfer window closed; Rivere, however, insisted it was Barca who pulled the plug.”Julien Fournier, the general manager of [Nice], called me early on Wednesday [August 23], at about 09:00 and said: ‘Jean-Pierre, I do not understand, I received a call from Barcelona and they told me to stop the Seri transfer’,” Rivere recalled on Canal+.”In the afternoon, Bartomeu called me, a little embarrassed, and said to me: ‘This is the first time that it has happened to us. Our staff have decided not to sign Seri, but it is not a financial issue’.”Rivere added: “I put myself in his [Seri’s] shoes; it was his dream to go to Barcelona and then it was broken. It was all up in the air.”last_img read more