After maintaining their tough stance for most of the transfer season, Samir Nasri appears to have finally broken Arsenal's resolve as the club is now willing to sell the French midfielder if Manchester City offers a fee of £25 million.
The Guardian report adds that Arsene Wenger's hardline stance has softened after it became clear that the player would refuse any options of a contract extension, and that a failure to sell him now would mean a possible loss of £20 and upwards.
Nasri, who refused the offer of a deal worth £90,000 a week, knows that he could earn twice as much at the cash rich Manchester side, while the option of being surrounded by world class quality and to pose a real threat for a trophy has proven too much for the 24-year-old to resist.
After City's loss to neighbours Manchester United in the Community Shield on Sunday, manager Roberto Mancini revealed that he was looking to buy two or three more players before the transfer window closes. And now, it increasingly looks like Nasri is one of the players he has in mind.
Though Nasri has told his teammates that he is at ease on whether he stays at Arsenal or moves this year, the atmosphere in the camp is uneasy, which is also due to the fact that club skipper Cesc Fabregas is more determined than ever to join Barcelona. There is now a real possibility that by the end of the month, Arsenal could be without their two most influential players in midfield.
French paper L'Equipe has gone a step further and has reported that Nasri has already agreed personal terms of £180,000 per-week and that he could complete his move to the Etihad Stadium by the end of the week.
Arsenal are expected to make a move for Valencia playmaker Juan Mata, if they lose Nasri and Fabregas, but they seem to have lost their chance (they had a previous bid of £18 million rejected) as the Spanish club's coach Unai Emery has expressed his confidence that the much-vaunted player would remain at the Mestalla this season.
"I've always been convinced that he was (staying), but there's always a chance until August 31. He is a very committed player on and off the pitch," Emery said, according to Marca.
The signing of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, through no fault of his own, is not what the fans or players wanted. The supporters, and the players as well, it is beleived, hoped that Wenger would be active in the transfer market this season and purchase some big-name signings who could help end their worrying trophy-drought.
However, the protracted negotiation with Barcelona on Fabregas as well as Nasri's unwillingness to stay has all led to unsurety of funds. Wenger is more in need of a central defender at the moment, and according to reports, he has stepped up his interest in Bolton defender Gary Cahill. It will prove hard negotiating though, as Cahill has a £17 million release clause in his contract and Arsenal are reluctant to pay as much, due to the fact that he has less than a year to run on his existing deal.
The Gunners will negotiate and once Nasri's sale is complete, which is if all goes as expected, Wenger will have an increased kitty to pay from and the Cahill deal could go through. If the sale of Fabregas goes through before 16 August, then Wenger will have in excess of £50 million on new players, though the real problem then will be time to purchase replacements.
Finally, wantaway striker Nicklas Bendtner hopes to complete a move away from the Emirates soon. He was linked with many clubs across Europe before but was unable to move due to a protracted injury. Now fit, he is looking to wrap up a deal.
"Hopefully it will be sorted soon but as I said to the Danish press, when I know something they will," Bendtner told reporters."I would like to play at a place where you are happy and play every week, that is the most important thing for any football player and hopefully that will happen soon."
Bendtner has been linked to many clubs across Europe, including Premiership side Stoke City.