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Manchester City reach agreement with Arsenal over £22m deal for Samir Nasri – report
The French midfielder, who has been heavily linked with a move to Eastlands, could be set to leave the Gunners this summer on a contract worth over £100,000 a week
Manchester City have moved a step closer to signing Samir Nasri after agreeing terms with Arsenal for the French midfielder, according to reports.
Sky Sport Italia claims Nasri is set to join Roberto Mancini’s side for a fee of €25 million [£22.2m], with the player believed to have been offered a contract worth €6m [£5.3m] a year – over £100,000 a week.
The 2010-11 season was Nasri’s most impressive since arriving in England in 2008 and he has been a wanted man ever since, with Manchester United and Chelsea also credited with an interest in the player.
Arsene Wenger had stated yesterday his intention to keep both Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas from leaving the Emirates Stadium this summer but according to this source a deal is already in place that will see the Frenchman leave for Man City to join left back Gael Clichy, who made the same journey earlier in the week.
Such a transfer will further disappoint Arsenal fans who have so far this summer seen the North London club fail to secure any new additions, although Lille striker Gervinho is said to be close to agreeing a deal to move to the North London club.
Wenger must fear his side falling out of the top four picture as he struggles to appease his star performers as they demand that the Gunners invest in established stars to help blend with the abundant youthful talent the club clearly possesses.
By all accounts Arsenal have offered Nasri a much improved contract but the 24 year old steadfastly refuses to sign a new deal and given that the former Marseille man has just 12 months to run on his current contract Wenger may be forced to sell the attacker to avoid losing him for nothing next summer.
However the Arsenal manager has stated his determination to not sell any of his top performers to fellow Premier League rivals it appears that there are no serious offers on the table for Nasri.
Losing Samir Nasri will be a big blow to the club as the attacking midfielder was arguably one of the player’s of the season last term, along with Robin Van Persie and Jack Wilshere, and had his most effective term at Arsenal, netting 15 goals in all competitions and becoming a focal part of the Gunners attack.