Date: 2nd July 2011 at 9:47am
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Samir Nasri

Play alongside Jon Obi Mikel? Ha ha ha!

With recent speculation suggesting that both Manchester and bitter rivals Manchester City are battling for the signature of Arsenal’s Samir Nasri, it appears that a new name could well be a possible destination for the , French midfielder in the form of West London club, .

With rumours of discontent and a desire to move on, it would appear that Nasri has the situation in his favour, with the possibility of a big money move looking tempting for a player in the final year of his contract and an employing club that would rather not see their prized asset leave for free the following Summer.

Many figures have been circulating, with £ million appearing to be the most likely figure, and one that is believed would tempt Arsenal into parting with their talented star, although in a window that may also include the departures of Clichy, and more significantly, Cesc Fabregas, one has to believe that Arsene Wenger will do all that he can to prevent Nasri from leaving, not least to clubs who would otherwise be considered rivals for honours and silverware. Despite such strong speculation, it remains wholly unclear who exactly leads the race for his signature, assuming that there is one to be considered, with some believing that United were close to reaching a deal, whilst others more recently have been led to believe that Manchester City were set to sign him along with securing the services of Gael Clichy in what would appear an astonishing double swoop.

So it appears that Nasri has become hot property amongst the Premier League’s top runners, although such large expenditure on a player in the last year of their contract would certainly be enticing for reinvestment from an Arsenal perspective, many of the clubs supposedly in the running for his signing may well question such outlay on a player that is believed has yet to fulfill much potential since arriving in . Although impressive during spells last season, many agree that with Arsenal’s own demise came a significant drop in performance from the young midfielder, and whilst his talents are not to be denied, one must also question whether significant investment is warranted in a player who some may feel cannot quite make it at the highest level of the game. From a United perspective, some may question whether he is the type of midfielder that is currently coveted at Old Trafford, with United’s attacking options currently swelling to capacity, some may be of the opinion that someone who plays further back may be a more beneficial prospect and that true requirements are to be found elsewhere. Others may also question his motives, if it is to be believed that he is solely looking for an increased pay day then some of the United faithful may think his attitude is not what many deem appropriate to be playing for Sir Alex Ferguson’s squad.

With Ferguson already having splashed out a reported £50 million on the likes of Young, and it is widely agreed that a central midfielder is next on his list of priorities in what has been a Summer that has seen a significant refresh of the squad that won a 19th title and came runners up in the Champion’s League. Whilst doubts remain over the futures of some of United’s biggest names; namely Berbatov and Nani, it appears that fans have plenty to look forward to in terms of potential new names, if of course any of the speculation is to be believed in what is often described as “silly season”.

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