Arsenal Transfer Prospects: Should Wenger Sell Samir Nasri for £25 Million?
Arguably one of the shinning lights in what concluded as a dark season for North London giants Arsenal was the new found consistency and maturity of French play maker Samir Nasri.
Since arriving at the Emirates in 2008 for £15 million from French giants Olympique de Marseille as a highly touted dynamo who had dominated in the Ligue One, injuries and inconsistency had thwarted Nasri's skill and calibre blossoming to fruition.
However, it ceases to matter as the 23-year-old emerged as one of the most creative and devastating attackers in World Football after a superb season with the Gunners. After exclusion from the France 2010 World Cup squad a refreshed Nasri thrived particularly in the first half of the season, in which the Frenchman was easily one the star performer in the EPL.
Injuries to Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie restricted the Arsenal attack, but the France international mitigated those blows and starred as Arsenal announced themselves as geniune title contenders in all competitions.
Although Nasri's form lapsed during the latter part of the campaign, which coincided with Arsenal's horrific demise, it was an outstanding season for the dynamo, whose 46 appearances and 15 goals ensured inclusion in the PFA Team of the Year, second on the Arsenal scoring charts and ranking as the third best Arsenal player of the year.
Naturally Nasri's form has attracted attention from the biggest sides in Europe alongside intensifying his ambitions and aspirations of higher wages and silverware glory.
This has now provided a monumental conundrum for Arsene Wenger which is set to dominate the summer.
With the 23-year-old entering his final year of his contract, Wenger is desperately eager to secure Nasri for the long term. However, the Frenchman is unhappy with the wage increased offered by Wenger, which is rumoured to be around £90,000 a week.
Should Nasri fail to come to a conclusion over his wages and fail to resign, Arsenal run the risk of losing their elegant play maker for free next season. A mistake that foolishly occurred in 2008 when Mathieu Flamini departed after a stellar season with the Gunners in which the Frenchman rose to promise.
Nasri's inability to put pen to paper ensures big name clubs are ready to pounce on the Frenchman who admits his future is uncertain. Manchester United are notable buyers with the Frenchman even expressing minor interest in joining Arsenal's fierce rivals.
Wenger is expected to table a new, improved contract for his young play maker but there is speculation the Arsenal manager will offload Nasri should clubs offer £25 million.
German giants Bayern Munich were reported to be willing to match the offer which raises the question, should Wenger sell Samir Nasri for £25 million?
Due to the distinct lack of silverware in the last six seasons, the need for success at the Emirates has intensified with Wenger granted an increased transfer budget to acquire quality players.
Nasri's potential £25 million departure ensures a commanding transfer budget in which high calibre replacements would be easily acquirable.
Lille dynamo, and arguably the biggest transfer target of the summer Eden Hazard, would arise as a more than ideal replacement whilst funds towards a central defensive target such as Gary Cahill, Per Mertesacker and Jack Rodwell can be utilized. Furthermore, midfielders such as Yohan Gourcuff and Marek Hamsik can be targeted.
But Nasri is an integral part of the Arsenal squad and his ability cannot be questioned. The Frenchman is still young and boasts development in his grasp ensuring the former Marseille midfielder will ony get better.
If Wenger decides to offer a more central role to Nasri, then the France international could emulate or increase the form shown during 2010/2011.
However, if a £25 million offer comes towards the Emirates, then it may be to good to decline for Arsene Wenger.
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