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Manchester City close on £22million Samir Nasri
ANCHESTER CITY and Arsenal were last night locked in talks over Samir Nasri's £22million switch.
The FA Cup winners have stepped up their pursuit of the French midfielder, 24, with the big kick-off looming.
And, with Cesc Fabregas Barcelona-bound, Gunners fans are facing up to the prospect of losing both their star men. Arsenal's resolve to hang on to Nasri - who has just 12 months left on his contract - has finally softened as they realised cashing in now was their best option.
City were happy to wait until January or even next summer when they knew they could land the former Marseille man for nothing.
Now they are confident they can finalise a deal in the next few days, although the chances of him playing against Swansea on Monday are fading.
Arsenal are holding out for a fee of around £24m.
But once they agree, the move is likely to be a formality with midfielder Nasri already happy with the personal terms on offer.
City boss Roberto Mancini is also trying to seal a £5m move for Fiorentina winger Alessio Cerci, 24.
I don't think the fans and the management at the Emirates could tolerate with Wenger anymore. The high prospect of losing two most creative and best players before starts of the season is catastrophic. Samir Nasri who finally showed his true talent last season after playing more central position is the only person capable to replace Febregas. Very talented player with high vision, accurate passes and ability to score which Febregas lack with.
I believe Wenger tenure at Arsenal is in jeopardy. He is very respectable figure in Premier League who had transformed the boring Arsenal into very interesting team with attractive football. But after five years without any trophy is unbearable. More great players would leave Arsenal especially the seniors. Van Persie might go as well.
So Arsenal's fan you guys should ready to have a new gaffer.