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Is This Man United Star Guilty of ‘Tapping-Up’ Arsenal Contract Rebel?

Old Trafford full back talking to Emirates Stadium midfielder about possible move.

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Patrice Evra is hoping private conversations with Samir Nasri will see his fellow Frenchman join him at Manchester United.

The Red Devils are one of the clubs keeping a close eye on Nasri’s situation at Arsenal, as he enters the final year of his contract.

Evra hopes a quiet word in Nasri’s ear will help to swing things in United’s favour, but concedes that he has no idea what the immediate future holds for his international colleague.

“I’ve talked a lot with him in the holidays and told him how great it is to play for Manchester United and how important it would be for him to become one of the biggest players in the world,” he said.

“I remember I made that little joke saying that he’s a prince now but if he wants to be the king then he has to join Man United. But that’s the reality – and I’ve told him that. I said, ‘If you want to win trophies, you have to come here’.

“In five years I’ve won 12 trophies and I don’t know if I’d have won more than that with another club. So I just told him the truth.

“I don’t know how negotiations are at the moment, but he has a lot of clubs interested in him and he has to think.

“I just told him how good it would be for him coming here. He will have a nice welcome, and I can help as well because I’m French.”

SOURCE: Sky Sports

Is this not a subtle case of tapping up? This is not dissimilar to the tactics employed by Barcelona in their never ending pursuit of Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas. For instance, let’s imagine a manager was to announce that he has been talking to a player from an opposing club and trying to persuade a player to make a move to their club, well that would clearly be contravening rules on ‘tapping-up’ a contracted professional, so if a player does the same thing, is that not also an offence?

Xavi angered Arsene Wenger for making similar statements in relation to Fabregas and one would imagine the Gunners boss won’t be best pleased about this either. Whilst it’s true that fellow French international’s would talk among themselves but it seems fairly unseemly for a player to then broadcast such ‘chats’ to the media, thus heaping more pressure on an already tense situation.

Samir Nasri has just one year left on his Arsenal contract and Wenger is sticking by his guns and steadfastly refuses to sell the 24 year old former Marseille man, especially to any Premier League rivals. Man City and Man United have been strongly linked with moves for the attacking midfielder, who last term had his most effective season to date, notching up 15 goals and becoming a focal point in the North London club’s attacking adventures.

Arsenal boss Wenger does not want to lose such a crucial player and should be admired for sticking by his guns on this front, for it then to emerge that a Man United player has been trying to persuade his national team mate to force a move to Old Trafford, is something that should not be underplayed.

If the roles were reversed and Ferguson heard of discussions, for instance, between Inter Milan veteran Dejan Stankovic and Nemanja Vidic, and it related to the Serbian international captain telling the Man United centre back that he should move to Milan. Then you can guarantee that Sir Alex would not be best pleased.

Apart from anything else, such talk is almost irrelevant as Man United could of course just renew their interest in Nasri in a year’s time and pick him up for nothing and without any of their player’s needing to talk out of turn.

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