Samir Nasri seems to be the newest transfer story that will cease to go away.
A few days ago Neil Ashton of the News of the World broke the story that Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is a big admirer of Samir Nasri and wants to make him the number one transfer target for the rest of the summer.
However only yesterday news broke that Manchester City have made a £20million bid for Samir Nasri and offered him wages of £180,000 a week. Or did they? It only took a few more minutes on Sky Sports News until it went from “closing in on Samir Nasri” to “interested in Samir Nasri.” Rumours have it that it was just speculated that this was the case since they are rumoured to have the same agent.
Whether there is an actual bid on the table from Manchester City is under question. There is no bid from Manchester United as of yet but the interest in him is thought to be real.
So we have it. Will Samir Nasri transfer to Manchester? It is looking likely now but to which club will he be at? The red half of Manchester or the blue half?
Will he chose a team that he believes is up and coming but not yet one of the world’s best or will he chose a team that in recent years have basically guaranteed silverware for their players? Manchester United have now won the Premiership trophy 4 times in the past 5 years and have also won a trophy ever year since 2005 which is coincidently the last time his current team Arsenal won a trophy.
Manchester City of course will be a team who is always going to be thereabouts now due to the large scale investments they are receiving. Will he be playing in their sky blue kit come 13th August? As with most players who join them, I believe a move to Manchester City over a club that has been achieving much better in recent history is motivated only by money. Moving from Arsenal to Manchester City would seem quite a sideward move for Samir Nasri, although his bank balance may be much healthier.
So what would a move to Manchester United mean? I’m personally open to the idea. He was one of Arsenal’s stand out performers last season even though his form wilted away towards the back end of the season, but as with Nani I just put this down to the excessive amount of games that he played last season. With Van Persie and Fabregas making appearances only in the 20’s last season the burden fell on Samir Nasri who appeared around 50 times last term.
I feel that as well as signing a very good player, this transfer will also majorly weaken Arsenal. With Arsenal losing Fabregas, Nasri and Clichy for possibly a combined fee of around £60million, I highly doubt there is enough quality in the current market to replace each of these players man for man both in the number of personnel and quality. Players of their quality do not become available in the market too often and so at £20million I see Samir Nasri as a bargain regardless of how long he has left on his contract.
Would you like to see Samir Nasri in a Manchester United shirt next season? Do you think Samir Nasri is Manchester United quality? What would your feelings be if Samir Nasri ended up at Manchester City? Feel free to comment below.