Tuesday, 12th July, 2011

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has appeared to hint that Samir Nasri’s destination will be Manchester City after admitting the Premier League champions have not won the race for the Frenchman.

While Ferguson did not specify City by name, it is thought Nasri has agreed the terms of a contract with Roberto Mancini’s men which will make him the highest paid player in French football history.

"I don’t think he is coming to United", said Ferguson, who had left a £20M bid on the table for the midfielder.

"That is all I can tell you.

"I think he has agreed to go somewhere else."

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger meanwhile has indicated that he may keep hold of Nasri for the final year of his contract rather than sell him this summer.

However, even if Nasri is prepared to wait another 12 months to make the move to Eastlands, it remains far from clear that Arsenal’s board and majority owner Stan Kroenke will be happy with losing a £20M transfer fee for the former Marseille man for the sake of a further year’s service.

There was some positive news from the Emirates yesterday though, with Wenger finally winning the race for Gervinho. Read the Inside Scoop on the Ivorian forward here.

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