Eastlands club could battle Old Trafford for signing of Emirates star.
Manchester City are to battle Manchester United for the signing of Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri if he does not sign a new contract.
The 23-year-old has only 12 months left on his current deal and negotiations between his representatives and the Gunners’ chief executive have stalled.
The France international is seeking pay parity with captain Cesc Fabregas at £110,000-a-week but has only been offered £90,000.
The situation has alerted all the top European clubs with Inter Milan and Manchester United the previous favourites.
But City are now ready to enter the market for Nasri and will have no problems in meeting his wage demands.
The Blues’ manager Roberto Mancini has been left frustrated in his attempts to sign a playmaker to add more creativity to his squad.
Udinese’s Alexis Sanchez was his number one choice but he seems destined to join Barcelona but Mancini has his eyes on Napoli’s Marek Hamsik.
City’s boss has turned his attention to Nasri because he feels for the same price he would pay for Hamsik he could get the Frenchman who has a proven Premier League pedigree.