Emirates playmaker looks set to join Etihad Stadium club.
Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri has agreed a five-year contract worth £185,000-a-week with Manchester City ahead of a £22million move to the Etihad Stadium.
The 24-year-old’s agent has agreed the £9.6million-a-year deal after refusing to sign a new contract to stay at the Emirates.
The Gunners had offered the France international £110,000-a-week to stay at the club, which would give him parity with captain Cesc Fabregas but the lure of more money has convince Nasri where to sign.
He had agreed in principle to sign for Arsenal as far back as last October but the north London club delayed handing him a new deal, which made Nasri feel unwanted.
City, backed by the oil-rich Abu Dhabi royal family, are keen to sign him with manager Roberto Mancini publicly declaring his interest.
The contract will be worth a basic rate of £48million over the length of the agreement plus a transfer fee of £22million, bringing the total cost of the deal up to £70million.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was prepared to let Nasri see out the remaining year of his contract and lose him for nothing in 12 moths.
But the board was not happy about this and Nasri’s reluctance to play against Benfica last weekend has softened Wenger’s approach.