Much has been made of Nasri’s current situation at Arsenal and he has made no secret of the fact he wishes to move away from the club as he believes that will give him the best chance of winning trophies. His current manager Arsene Wenger has insisted the player will not be sold and any interest from City is unwelcome.
The French international has just one year remaining on his current contract and after over 100 appearances for the Gunners he now believes the time is right to move on. Though the question has to be asked is Manchester City the right club for him? With a wealth of midfield talent already it seems strange that Mancini is now looking to add Nasri to his squad.
With players like David Silva, Yaya Toure, Nigel de Jong, and James Milner at his disposal Mancini has more than enough options in the middle of the park. Though the attraction for Nasri will be that City are very much a team on the up and with Champions League football coming to the Etihad Stadium this season who knows what they may achieve.
In contrast Arsenal have now gone six years without winning a trophy and with a number of key players beginning to question their futures the club looks to be going through a period of transition. Captain Cesc Fabregas continues to be linked with a move to Barcelona and there have been recent suggestions Real Madrid are interested in Dutch striker Robin Van Persie.
Nasri was one of the outstanding performers in last year’s Premier League and he was key to manager Wenger’s plans, playing 46 games, scoring 15 goals and set up five. At just 23 years old he is yet to reach the prime of his career and could represent a superb investment for any top European club.
But having made big money signings in midfield already since his arrival in Manchester it doesn’t seem to be an area where City need to strengthen. Squad rotation is very much part of the Italian’s style and Toure was the only guaranteed starter last term with the likes of Milner and Adam Johnson having to settle for a place on the bench on a number of occasions.
Before making any rash decisions Nasri should perhaps take a look at Milner’s situation, who moved to the Blue half of Manchester in August 2010 for a reported £26m. After some fine performances for both Aston Villa and England it was expected that his career would flourish under Mancini but with just 22 appearances last season and no goals he is now being linked with a move away from the club.
It’s not just Manchester City that have been linked with Nasri, both Chelsea and Manchester United have been credited with an interest as well as Italy’s Inter Milan. Reports have suggested that the players preferred destination is Old Trafford, but it is highly unlikely the Gunners will be willing to sell to one of their arch rivals.
Arsenal and Wenger now have a dilemma on their hands, with just one year remaining on the players contract do they allow him to leave for free next summer or cash in now and allow an unhappy player to continue his career elsewhere?
One thing is for sure if Nasri is to move North in a multi-million pound deal there is no guarantee of first team football, although City are a team on the up and could provide the trophies he so badly craves, its no fun watching from the bench.
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