It is being reported that Manchester City could complete the signing of Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri this week after the Frenchman made it clear that he would like the move to happen.
Arsenal have stood firm in their stance to keep Nasri throughout the summer, but as the new season approaches, they appear to have accepted that it might be in their best interests to cash in on the midfielder.
Then, with City prepared to offer around £25m, this could move along quickly in the next few days. Arsenal would lose Nasri for free next summer given his reluctance to negotiate a new contract at the club, so you can see why the Gunners would accept such a substantial fee.
They don’t want someone at the club that doesn’t want to be there. If money is Nasri’s main motivation, then City should be his destination. The French international could earn double what Arsenal are offering.
Nasri’s position is now almost untenable after he pulled out of Arsenal’s friendly against Benfica in Lisbon because of a ‘muscular strain’ before making himself available for France only a couple of days later.
It isn’t just Nasri that is causing a stir at Arsenal though. Cesc Fabregas clearly wants to leave for Barcelona and it waiting for the Spanish club to match the Gunners’ valuation.
Until then, he is captain of the club and training with the squad as normal. This cannot be healthy for the mentality of the team ahead of the new season, especially when the new arrivals to bolster the squad have been limited.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was brought in from Southampton yesterday, but the 17-year-old winger is not likely to be seen as a replacement for Nasri or Fabregas. Instead, he is another young player brought in for the future of the club.
With the new season just a few days away, it is the here and now that Arsenal need to sort out, starting with getting as good a deal as they can for Nasri.