Wednesday, 10th August, 2011

Manchester City are hoping to sign Samir Nasri from Arsenal before the new English Premier League season kicks off.

The French midfielder did not travel with Arsenal’s side for their pre-season friendly against Benfica recently and is believed to have informed Arsene Wenger that his time at the Emirates is coming to an end.

Nasri will not sign a new contract with the Gunners, and although Wenger had mooted the possibility of holding onto the Frenchman until the end of the season regardless, it is thought that there has been substantial opposition to that course of action at board level.

And thus City are growing more confident by the day that £22M will be enough to take the ex-Marseille man to Eastlands.

City have kept in close contact with Nasri’s representatives throughout the summer since it emerged that the player would not commit to a new contract.

And the Citizens soon put a deal on the table which would make Nasri the highest paid player in French football history.

This deal has remained in place and only a fee needs to be agreed with Arsenal.

Losing Nasri and Cesc Fabregas before the new Premier League season gets started would be a huge blow to the Gunners, but it is looking increasingly likely as if it is a blow Wenger will have to absorb.

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