Nice President Jean-Pierre Rivere Says Barcelona ‘messed up’ Jean Michael Seri

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Nice president Jean-Pierre Rivere is fighting back over the of Jean Michael Seri move to Barcelona fiasco.

It’s been a heavily reported blunder and now both sides are firing back at how the transfer, one that Rivere says is “messing up” the midfielder, went awry.

“On Wednesday morning, Julien Fournier [Nice’s managing director] called me early, at 9, and said, ‘Jean-Pierre, I don’t understand. I just got a call from Barcelona, they told me they’re stopping with Micka [Seri]” Rivere said (h/t ESPN FC).

“In the afternoon, I got hold of [Barca president] Josep Bartomeu, a little embarrassed, who told me: ‘Jean-Pierre, it’s the first time that this has happened to us, but our technical staff have decided not to do Micka Seri. It’s absolutely not a problem of money.’

“On the Thursday morning, it was confirmed definitively: they won’t be going for Micka Seri.

“And it’s then that things go off. I said to Barca, ‘You have messed up one of my players,’ because there was a contract ready. I put myself in the place of Micka: it’s his dream to go to Barca, and overnight it’s broken.”

According to various reports,  Barcelona had backed out of the deal due to the reservations of their technical staff which was refuted by Seri who claimed Nice had backtracked on an agreement to sell him for €40 million and asked for more money.