“I probably shouldn’t say this, but the atmosphere at White Hart Lane is very, very good," he told FourFourTwo magazine in February. With a rivalry as heated and embedded into the fabric of English football as Spurs vs. Arsenal, such positive feedback to the opposition is more than frowned upon by the home crowd.
Now that the season has ended and the transfer season is in full swing, the interview raises a big question regarding the French International: could he be persuaded to move to North London? Err...the other North London.
The question comes on the heels of news that Manchester United is prepared to buy the Gunners' superstar for £20 million. Arsenal, who are in doubt over their own ability and willingness to pay the requested wage increase to the 24-year-old, are said to be entertaining such offers.
Also on United's list is Spurs midfielder Luka Modric, who is reportedly interested in a move to a Champions League-caliber squad, though Tottenham have also suggested that they are unwilling to let the key player go. After Chelsea's £22 million bid was rejected, Harry Redknapp was quoted telling the BBC, "Luka is not for sale. If there has been a bid of £22 million that is ridiculous. There are people being sold for £20 million who are not fit to lace Luka's boots."
Ignoring the nearly-impossible logistics of such a move, would you like to see Samir Nasri playing a role at Tottenham?
But if Modric no longer wishes to be at Tottenham, what kind of production can the Spurs really expect from him in the coming season?
For that reason, I propose the following question to Spurs fans: what if Tottenham released Modric to United for the requested fee, thus satisfying United's desire for a new top-quality mid-fielder, and provided the club with the necessary funds to engineer an offer for Nasri from their North London rivals?
The logistics of this suggestion are, admittedly, wildly unrealistic, given the fact that Modric and Nasri play very different roles for their respective clubs, and given how difficult it can often be to engineer such moves within heated rivalries. In addition, Tottenham's own ability to pay Nasri's requested wages would be perhaps even more questionable than Arsenal's.
With Tottenham intent on keeping their other key midfielders, such as Gareth Bale (who has been significantly more humble than Modric throughout the transfer season), this would require an all-around shifting of the Spurs' midfield and a risky degree of experimentation. But it still leaves fans wondering how much of a difference it would make to have a talented midfielder who is happy with playing an important role for the club, as opposed to one who is not.
So, I want to know what you think. Would you ever like to see the Frenchman playing alongside Bale for the Spurs? Ignoring the near-impossible logistics, would it be an overall good move for Tottenham? Let me hear your thoughts.