Old Trafford hopes to trump Etihad Stadium neighbours in chase for Gunners star.
Sir Alex Ferguson is said to be considering a late bid for Arsenal’s want-away attacker Samir Nasri. The Man United boss has been made aware of the Frenchman’s desire to make the move to Old Trafford and now the Premier League champions are toying with the idea of making an offer to beat local rivals Man City to his signature.
24 year old Nasri has one year left on his current Arsenal contract and has made it clear he has no intention of signing a new deal, hoping to force Arsene Wenger’s hand, and with a move to the Etihad Stadium said to be on the cards Ferguson may opt to tempt the former Marseille man into moving to Man United.
Ferguson has been strongly linked with moves to bring in an attack minded midfielder who can able link midfield and attack and help fill the void left by Paul Scholes, who hung up his boots at the end of last season. To this end Man United are said to have shown a very real interest in the likes of Inter Milan playmaker Wesley Sneijder, Tottenham star Luka Modric and Borussia Dortmund youngster Mario Goetze and now the club may turn their attention to Samir Nasri.
The Arsenal man had his most effective season of his Gunners career last term, netting 15 goals and assisting many others and was arguably one of the few bright lights of what was otherwise a dire season. Wenger has already lost Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona and Gael Clichy to Man City and had hoped to keep Nasri at the club regardless of the fact that doing so would lead to the French international being able to leave for nothing in 12 months time, it seems however that may now not be the wisest course of action.
Some Arsenal supporters have turned against their former hero, chanting abusively at Nasri, with the talented attacking midfielder registering his dismay at such behaviour via his twitter account. Arsene Wenger may feel that now the time is right to sell to avoid having a disruptive unhappy player in his dressing room in what could be a pivotal season for the club and indeed the Emirates Stadium boss himself.
Man United has a number of midfield options but other than wingers Nani and Ashley Young, Ferguson does not have much in the way of a goal threat and is therefore reportedly keen on Nasri and Old Trafford chief executive David Gill has confirmed that funds are still available to Sir Alex and as such a bid may well be in the offing.
Ferguson will also be all to aware of Nasri’s abilities having been on the receiving end of one of the Arsenal player’s best performances for the club when the newly arrived midfielder scored twice in a memorable win over Man United back in November 2008.
Roberto Mancini is said to be keen to complete the move to sign Samir Nasri as soon as possible and with such a move a distinct possibility Aston Villa are said to be keen on two players who seem most likely to under threat by such a signing, James Milner and Adam Johnson.
The interest shown by Man United could indeed lead to a bidding war for the Arsenal man.