Old Trafford outfit readies opening offer for Emirates Stadium star.
Manchester United are planning a sensational £10million swoop for Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri.
The Mirror has learned that United are exploring the possibility of luring Nasri – who’s out of contract at the end of the 2011-2012 season – to Old Trafford in a deal that would enrage Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.
United are understood to have outlined their interest in Nasri to a third party, although the France midfielder’s agent, Jean-Pierre Bernes, has not been involved in any preliminary negotiations.
Nasri’s reluctance to enter into talks with Arsenal over a contract extension, until he is satisfied with their spending and recruitment plans for this summer, has alerted the champions to his potential availability.
United boss Alex Ferguson needs to strengthen in central midfield and Nasri’s creativity and goal threat suggest he would be a perfect replacement for the recently-retired Paul Scholes.
SOURCE: Daily Mirror
Does £10m really seem like a fair offer? Given that Man United are ready to offer Aston Villa £16m for Ashley Young, who like Samir Nasri has one year left on his current deal, surely any reasonable offer for the French international would have to be at least as much as an offer for the England man, no?
Nasri had an explosive start to the last campaign and even though his form dipped somewhat the 23 year old was still the player of the season at the Emirates Stadium last term and the former Marseille man is a player that Arsene Wenger will fight tooth and nail to keep, but if push comes to shove and it looks like the talented attacker wants to leave then Arsenal will surely opt to cash in now rather than lose the player for nothing next summer.
In many ways Nasri would be an ideal signing for Sir Alex Ferguson to make. A goalscoring attacking midfielder is probably just what Man United need, hence the Old Trafford boss’s interest in the likes of Wesley Sneijder previously.
There must be a very real fear that the nucleus of the Gunners side is now looking to leave after six seasons without silverware and perhaps more importantly, the club appear to have made no progress in recent years and appear to have lost ground to not only Chelsea and United but to Man City as well.