Emirates Stadium attacker on his way to Old Trafford?
Nasri set to quit Arsenal on Monday
Samir Nasri is flying to London for crisis talks on his Arsenal future – and is ready to quit the club.
Nasri will return to the capital this weekend from a holiday in Las Vegas and is due to meet Arsene Wenger on Monday.
The midfielder will make it clear he will not sign a new £90,000-a-week contract without also receiving some guarantees.
France star Nasri fancies a move to Manchester United after becoming frustrated by Arsenal’s failure to challenge for the Premier League title.
Wenger will have a tough job to persuade Nasri to stay, what with Cesc Fabregas set to join Barcelona and Gael Clichy heading to Manchester City -who also want Nasri.
The 24-year-old wanted assurances that Arsenal will challenge for the title next season and sign top-class replacements, but has been left devastated by Fabregas and Clichy leaving the Emirates this summer.
SOURCE: Daily Mirror
This is not good news for Arsenal. It seems that contract talks with Samir Nasri have hit a brick wall and whilst Arsene Wenger may well not want to sell the talented French international he may find he has no choice as in 12 months time he could leave for nothing and that is an experience the Gunners boss went through with Mathieu Flamini some years back and something he will not want to repeat.
If Nasri does look to force a move Wenger has stated repeatedly that he has no intention of selling to a Premier League rival but one wonders how he will react if the 23 year old accepts no other offers. The former Marseille man was one of the few top performers on show at Arsenal last season, along with Robin Van Persie and Jack Wilshere, and he is a player the North London club can ill afford to lose.
Reports suggest that Man United could offer as much as £25m, which is a huge fee given the length of time left on Nasri’s contract and that may well lead to a possibles sale to the Old Trafford club.
Wenger is also struggling to keep Gael Clichy at the club but at least Arsenal have a ready made left back replacement in the form of England youngster Kieran Gibbs as well as back up from Armand Traore. Add to the mix the fact that Barcelona are reportedly ready to up their offer for Cesc Fabregas and it looks like it could be a long hard summer for the Emirate Stadium side who have of course just completed six seasons without a sniff of silverware and also fallen to fourth spot behind big spenders Man City.
Sir Alex Ferguson has already snapped up £50m worth of talent this summer with moves to capture Phil Jones, Ashley Young and David de Gea and the Old Trafford boss is looking to continue his spending spree and does not want to rest on his laurels after clinching the Premier League crown last term.
Nasri may be a player that the Scot sees as playing in an advanced central role, after all Ferguson has seemingly tried hard to sign Inter Milan star Wesley Sneijder and Tottenham playmaker Luka Modric to fill this hole and perhaps the Arsenal man is a more realistic target.
Man United do of course have a number of central midfield options but the likes of Darren Fletcher, Michael Carrick, Anderson and Darron Gibson are not as creative options as Nasri, who can of course weigh in with his fair share of goals, which is more than can be said for those named.
Ferguson is looking to free up space for his new arrivals and seems destined to offload John O’Shea (who interested Sunderland and Celtic), Wes Brown (who is also wanted by Sunderland and Everton), Gabriel Obertan, Tomasz Kuszczak and Jonny Evans (who is reportedly subject to interest from Wolves).