Monaco Sets Sights on Manchester City Duo Tevez and Nasri

Christopher AlmerasCorrespondent IIFebruary 12, 2013

Nasri's time in Manchester may be winding down
Nasri's time in Manchester may be winding downJulian Finney/Getty Images

AS Monaco has apparently already begun planning for life competing against PSG in Ligue 1. According to various reports, including one from the Daily and Sunday Express, the Ligue 2 leaders are interested in bringing Manchester City's Carlos Tevez and Simir Nasri to France this summer.

If completed, the move would be a bold statement to usher in their return to Ligue 1. With the financial backing of Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev and a desirable location on the coast of France, Monaco can be an attractive destination for players.

Both Tevez and Nasri have found themselves part of the circus that has been Manchester City's season to date. Manchester City might see this as a golden opportunity to jettison two hefty salaries as they look to restructure their squad.

In Nasri, Monaco would get a midfielder who has the ability to be the driving force in an attack. Nasri has given glimpses of his potential throughout his career, but has yet to find the consistency needed to elevate his game to that next level.

Tevez is one of the most talented attacking players of the last decade. He goes through stretches where he is impossible to contain, but at other times is a non factor.

A move for the duo is a high risk proposition. There is no questioning the talent both possess, but there have been past instances of questionable character and lack of focus for both players.

It is understandable that AS Monaco wants to make a splash when they return to Ligue 1, but the rumored first-choice targets have to be of concern for their fans.

When building a squad to compete on the highest levels, you need players who are committed to seeing the project come to fruition. Neither of these players has shown the commitment or desire required to lead Monaco.

Monaco has to continue to take care of the business of promotion before getting caught up in their transfer plans. Premature planning coupled with losing their grip on a promotion spot would be a setback of epic proportions.

It is AS Monaco's money to spend. If they decide to spend on Nasri and Tevez, the biggest winner in all of this will most likely be Manchester City.