Manchester City Transfer News: Latest Rumours on Samir Nasri and Ilkay Gundogan

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistOctober 1, 2016

SEVILLE, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 27:  Samir Nasri of Sevilla FC looks on during the UEFA Champions League match between Sevilla FC and Olympique Lyonnais at Sanchez Pizjuan stadium on September 27, 2016 in Seville, Spain.  (Photo by Aitor Alcalde Colomer/Getty Images)
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Samir Nasri is reportedly hoping for a move to Major League Soccer or China unless he's handed a more important role at Manchester City. Elsewhere, Ilkay Gundogan has lifted the lid on why he turned down Manchester United in favour of the Citizens.

Nasri has begun a season-long loan at Spanish outfit Sevilla in promising fashion, but the Daily Star's Paul Hetherington reported the French playmaker fancies a move to New York City F.C. in the United States.

Nasri has helped Sevilla make a promising start to the season.
Nasri has helped Sevilla make a promising start to the season.Aitor Alcalde Colomer/Getty Images

The MLS side is a sister club to Manchester City and is also owned by City Football Group, meaning a transfer could be eased by the connections between each outfit.

Sky Sports' Spanish expert Guillem Balague provided further insight into the matter and added that Nasri, who has been impressive early on in his stay at Sevilla, values his place at the Etihad Stadium:

Guillem Balague @GuillemBalague

Wonderful seeing Nasri enjoying his football again. The best Sevilla player so far. Leader, centre mid. He wanted to find out if... 1/2

Guillem Balague @GuillemBalague

... (On Nasri) he could rekindle love of the game. If he did, he wants to return to City 2 b important. If he doesn't, China or MLS next 2/2

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Unless City manager Pep Guardiola is willing to give the France international the prominence he presumably feels he deserves, it seems as though a move to the United States or China could lie in Nasri's future.

The 29-year-old has already started in five matches for Sevilla this season, the same number he managed during the 2015-16 campaign at his parent club, and beIN Sports' David Cartlidge has backed the midfielder's rise:

David Cartlidge @davidjaca

Deschamps got to be watching tonight and recalling Nasri. Hasn’t had one bad game for Sevilla. Even performs in the poor team displays.

Elsewhere, summer signing Gundogan has confessed he rejected a move to Old Trafford before ultimately joining United's local rivals City from Borussia Dortmund.

The Germany international revealed to the Telegraph's Jason Burt precisely when the Red Devils were interested in his services, and United supporters will kick themselves for missing out on such a talent.

Gundogan said: “It was not the biggest lie. Two years ago, three years ago it was not the time. I had a contract at Dortmund, and I was not thinking of leaving the club, so it was not a discussion."

The 25-year-old recently scored on his Premier League debut for Manchester City, netting in a 4-0 win over Bournemouth, and the Guardian's Graham Ruthven noted the wealth of creative talent at the Etihad:

Graham Ruthven @grahamruthven

Man City starting David Silva, Ilkay Gundogan and Kevin De Bruyne in the same midfield. Well, that'll be fun to watch.

Gundogan cost the Citizens a reported £20 million at the beginning of this summer, but United at least found their feet in the market to seal the world-record £89 million acquisition of Paul Pogba from Juventus.

That being said, Gundogan will be out to prove transfer fees count for nought at the elite level, with his early steps as a City player suggesting big things lie ahead.


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