If rumors are to be believed then EPL club Manchester City are set to make a £22 million ($36 million) transfer bid for Arsenal’s French midfielder Samir Nasri in the next 48 hours.
City’s offer is expected to be a ‘take it or leave it’ offer for the Frenchman as the player has only a year left in his current contract. Nasri previously had refused to sign a new deal with the Gunners.
Manchester City is hopeful that the new bid will put an end to the long drawn transfer saga involving Nasri, but will also know that rivals Manchester United are also in the hunt.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was earlier confident that Nasri will extend his contract at the London club and Danish striker Nicklas Bendtner may leave.
Now the club may see both Fabregas and Nasri leave which will leave a vacuum in the midfield. Gunners’ previous attempts of signing Spaniards Santi Cazorla and Juan Mata, from Villarreal and Valencia respective, have also failed.
Nasri, reportedly, insisted in October that he would have signed a contract when there was talk of a new deal for him to stay at the Emirates.
City will expect the transfer issue to conclude in time for Nasri to play in the Community Shield against their local rivals on Sunday, according to a Caughtoffside report.
Samir Nasri, 24, arrived at Arsenal in 2008 and was given the number 8 shirt on his debut in a friendly match against German club VfB Stuttgart in a 3–1 win. Nasri has made 85 appearances for Arsenal and has scored 18 times.