Manchester City Transfer Rumour: Samir Nasri to Move Today for £22 Million?
Emirates247.com reports today that French midfielder Samir Nasri may complete a move from Arsenal to Manchester City today.
Marseilles-born Nasri, 24, has long been linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium and it now seems that he may finally join his compatriot and former team-mate Gael Clichy, with a £22 million move to Eastlands.
If this deal goes through, it will be a significant blow to Arsenal in their quest to win the Premier League title or even just a first trophy in seven years and it may also send out the wrong message to both fans of the team and potential transfer targets.
Although Arsenal finished fourth last season, the Gunners played the most attractive football for long periods of the campaign and boasted two standout performers in Robin Van Persie and Samir Nasri.
In fact, Nasri scored 10 league goals and 15 in all competitions, was ranked by the Premier League's EA Sports Player Performance Index as the sixth-best midfielder for the season and, in a recent analysis feature run by the Daily Telegraph had the one of the highest pass completion rates of all midfielders in Europe with more than 87% finding their way to teammates.
However, the mercurial Marseilles-born talent is approaching the end of his contract with Arsenal and there is sense in selling him now and bringing in a fee which could then be spent on a replacement, rather than playing hard ball and risking losing him on a Bosman free transfer next summer.
Manchester City, who finished third last year in Italian manager Roberto Mancini's first full season, want to take advantage of the situation with a cut-price bid of £22 million in what would be their third signing of the offseason, following defenders Stefan Savic and Gael Clichy's decisions to join the Qatari revolution happening at the club.
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