Paris Saint-Germain striker Kevin Gameiro finalized his move to La Liga side Sevilla earlier this week, but for the recipients, it was more than a headache to complete.
Sevilla president Jose Maria Del Nido (pictured, center) labeled the process the “worst transfer (negotiation) I’ve had to work on in my career.”
The headache, Del Nido explained in a press conference at Gameiro’s unveiling, came from a last-minute flip in the manner PSG demanded the payment be transferred between clubs.
“We were treated badly and that’s putting it mildly” said Del Nido. “The fee was 7.5million euros plus add-ons, payable in several installments. They demanded payment up front at the last moment. That was just one of many ‘adventures’ in this affair. One problem followed another. Fortunately, the player really pushed to arrange things.”
PSG defended themselves with a statement on their website, saying, “When it comes to player transfers, it is legitimate and normal to demand bank guarantees from the buying club. If they encounter difficulties in obtaining a part of the sum due, we propose as an alternative payment upon signing. It was this solution which was taken by the president of Sevilla FC, Mr Del Nido, in the transfer of Kevin Gameiro. Paris Saint-Germain have done everything to facilitate the move and allow Sevilla to add Kevin Gameiro to their UEFA (squad) list.”
Gameiro signed a 5-year deal with Sevilla following the agreement of the fee between the two clubs.