Jean Michael Seri: Yet another fiasco for Barcelona in shambolic transfer window

Jean Michael Seri, who has been linked to Barcelona throughout the whole summer transfer window, had high hopes of finalising his move to the Camp Nou before the end of the week. However, if reports coming out of the Catalan media are to be believed, the Barca board has decided to stop negotiations with the 26-year-old Ivory Coast international at the very last minute.

In what was yet another puzzling chapter in a disastrous transfer window to forget, it appears that the Barcelona board and managers decided against Seri's signing just minutes after seeing him perform for his current club, Nice, in the Champions League qualifier against Napoli. A strange move, especially considering those in charge of Barca should have surely known enough about the player if they were so close to spending €40 million to secure his services.

As we spoke in much more detail in Episode 26 of The Barcelona Podcast, Seri would have been a welcome addition for many reasons, as explained here:

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  1. Absolutely disgraceful! Indeed, the board should have known enough about this player not to let a single performance dissuade them. I am not saying Seri was necessarily the player we needed, but if he wasn't, this should have been clear to the technical staff before and not to have turned this player's head with the hope of joining Barcelona and dashing his dreams at the last minute. And throwing the good name of the club away, a stature we have built up as a club over many years that is being destroyed over a few years. There is no "seriedad", no longer term planning, no behind the scenes talks lining players up for potential moves, but on-the-hop decision making with no clear strategy.
    Joost Heutink

    1. Thanks for your comment. This is as puzzling to us as it is to you, Joost. Seri would have been a great addition as he certainly fits the bill and would improve our squad. We spoke about it in more depth at


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