Sir Alex Ferguson looks to bring Emirates Stadium star to Old Trafford.
Manchester United remain hopeful of signing Samir Nasri despie the fact that Arsenal say they have not received a formal bid for the French midfielder.
BBC Sport can confirm that United made a near-£20m offer for the 24-year-old within the last fortnight, an offer that remains on the table.
He is expected to meet Arsene Wenger for talks within the next 24 hours.
Wenger is already facing the prospect of losing captain Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona, having sold Gael Clichy to Manchester City on Monday.
The Arsenal manager is determined not to sell Nasri to United but knows the player could leave for nothing if he sits out the last year of his deal.
SOURCE: BBC Sport
Arsene Wenger faces a difficult decision. He has the choice to stick by his guns and refuse to sell Samir Nasri to a rival Premier League side, and risk losing the French international for nothing in 12 months time, or hope that a bid from abroad matches that made by Man United.
The Arsenal boss has of course witnessed first hand one of his stars running down his deal to then leave on a free transfer and the sting of Mathieu Flamini’s move to AC Milan is still fresh in the French manager’s mind. However surely losing Nasri on a free would still be preferable to allowing one of his star players to leave for an arch rival?
Sir Alex Ferguson is thought to have made an initial informal offer of around £18m for Samir Nasri and whilst such an offer is fairly reasonable for a player with one year left on his contract, it is likely to be turned down by Wenger as he looks to prevent any more of his first team regulars from leaving.
Having already lost Gael Clichy to Man City and continuing to deal with the very real chance that Cesc Fabregas will this summer complete his long anticipated return to Barcelona the Gunners boss needs to put his foot down to prevent his side from being perceived as a ‘selling’ club.
Man United on the other hand have already spent over £50m to sign Phil Jones, Ashley Young and David de Gea as Ferguson looks to freshen up his squad following the retirements of Paul Scholes and Edwin van der Sar and the departures of John O’Shea and Wes Brown to Sunderland.