Speaking to L’Équipe du Soir, OGC Nice President Jean Pierre Rivère confirmed that he beat Lyon to the signing of Mario Balotelli from Liverpool on transfer deadline day.
“Yes, Jean Michel Aulas tried to sign Balotelli. I found out the day before. I know so, because it was written down, but it doesn’t matter, it is part of the game. What is not very sporting is to say that you deny it… Deals like Younes Belhanda and Balotelli, you want to do them in June, it is impossible. So these are deals that you prepare, you work for and you try to close, at the end, with the conditions that you want.”