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Chelsea ready to join the race for Nasri

Chelsea are ready to go up against Manchester United and Manchester City in an attempt to muscle in on the sale of Arsenal’s Samir Nasri, with the Frenchman hinted he would be willing to leave the Gunners this summer.

Nasri enjoyed an exceptional season last time out and bagged ten goals on his way to a nomination for the PFA player of the year.

But with just twelve months remaining on his contract the former Marseille midfielder is said to be considering his options after Arsenal ended a sixth consecutive season without a trophy and their rivals showed an interest in him.

With Nasri reportedly turning down a £90,000 a week deal to stay with Arsenal, Chelsea have entered the race as they go in search of regaining the Premier League title they lost to Sir Alex Ferguson’s side last season.

United remain favourites to land the playmaker but now it seems that new Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas is keen on bringing him to Stamford Bridge, and will certainly be able to meet any financial demands from both club and player if an auction develops.

Arsene Wenger is understanbly reluctant to let one of his most prized assets leave the club and join one of their rivals, but will be even keener not to let Nasri walk out of the club for free next year.

Arsenal meanwhile find themselves in a transitional phase as they attempt to hold on to the wantaway Nasri along with captain Cesc Fabregas who could join Barcelona this summer and the Manchester City-bound Gael Clichy, while adding to the squad that faded so badly towards the tail end of last season.

There was some good news for Arsenal fans though as Lille striker Gervinho confirmed he would join the club soon, saying: ‘I’m glad to have taken a route through the French league, but now I will go to London. It is a young squad and I can fit in nicely. I can develop there.’

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