Emirates Stadium star on his way to the Etihad Stadium.
Manchester City have agreed terms with Arsenal for midfielder Samir Nasri, with the 24-year-old set for a medical.
Nasri trained with Arsenal on Tuesday morning ahead of the club’s Champions League qualifier against Udinese on Wednesday, but has been omitted from the squad for the match.
The France international will travel to Manchester to finalise a deal, worth a reported £25m to the Gunners.
Nasri is in the final year of the Arsenal contract he signed in 2008.
“The summer was very difficult because we had Cesc Fabregas and Nasri on permanent transfer negotiations and that is draining in the end,” said Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.
“We lost two great players and that’s a sad side of the story but at some stage it has to be over, because you want to focus on the future”.
City boss Roberto Mancini said on Sunday that he hoped to complete the deal within 48 hours.
SOURCE: BBC Sport
This is probably the news that Arsenal fans both feared and expected in equal measure and one has to wonder at the logic of selling a star player to a direct rival, something Arsene Wenger appears to have no qualms about. Nasri is the fourth Gunners star to make the move to the Etihad Stadium in a little over two years, the likes of Gael Clichy, Kolo Toure and Emmanuel Adebayor have made similar moves in the recent past.
There had been some speculation that Nasri would fly out with Arsenal to Italy ahead of the club’s crucial Champions League qualifier against Udinese but that may well have been designed to speed up a deal to complete the transfer between the two sides.
Apparently the delay in the deal was down in the main to discussion about the agent fees involved in the deal but now that these issues have been resolved only a medical is left before the deal is done.
Arsene Wenger will now look to spend quickly the money garnered from the sale of Nasri, Clichy and Cesc Fabregas and will be primarily looking to strengthen his defence and somehow replace two of his most important players before the end of the month.