Aug 23, 2011
Samir Nasri is on the brink of completing a £22m move to Manchester City after Arsenal confirmed they have agreed terms for the transfer.
Nasri, who has been linked with City all summer, trained with Arsenal on Tuesday morning but has been given permission to travel to Manchester this afternoon to undergo a medical and agree personal terms having told manager Arsène Wenger that he does not want to be included in the squad to play Udinese on Wednesday.
It is understood Nasri, who joined Arsenal from Marseille in 2008 for a fee of £15.8m, will double his wages at City having previously rejected a new £90,000-a-week contract to stay at Arsenal.
As his side prepared to fly to Italy on Tuesday afternoon, Wenger admitted Nasri’s departure had come as another big blow having lost his captain to Barcelona last week. “The summer was very difficult because we had Cesc Fábregas and Nasri on permanent transfer negotiations and that is draining in the end,” he said. “We lost two great players and that’s a sad side of the story but at some stage it has to be over, because you want to focus on the future.”
In July Wenger had insisted that he would not have to sell either Nasri or Fàbregas. Wenger said: “Samir’s situation is clear for me. He stays. We are in a [financial] position where we can say ‘No’, and we will … Imagine the worst situation, that we lose Fábregas and Nasri; you cannot convince people that you are ambitious after that.”
Nasri’s move will put more pressure on Wenger to add to his squad though one of his primary targets, the Belgian playmaker Eden Hazard, is not for sale, according to his club Lille.
The Lille general manager Frédéric Paquet told the BBC: “Eden will not be leaving this season. We are aware of interest from some of the biggest clubs in Europe but we are not prepared to sell. He is very happy here, he understands our project and wants to stay for at least another year.”