Chelsea enter the race for Nasri as Man City claim deal is done

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Samir Nasri’s Arsenal future has been thrown further into doubt following the news Chelsea are preparing a bid for the player.

Manchester United were in pole position to land the Arsenal player but interest from Manchester City and Chelsea mean it is now a three-way fight for the Frenchman.

While Arsenal will not want to lose Nasri, the emergence of Chelsea in the race for his signature means the Frenchman’s valuation will continue to rise with the three best clubs in the Premier League fighting for him.

This morning Manchester City officials claim the club have landed the midfielder for a fee of £19m but our sources suggest no deal has been done between the two clubs, although Manchester City are prepared to offer Nasri the better contract.

Manchester United have had an £18m bid rejected by Arsenal and have been told to up their offer if they want to land the 24-year-old, but Sir Alex Ferguson’s side are now the least likely of the three teams to land Nasri having made the first move.

Chelsea are willing to trump Manchester City’s £19m bid by £3m and are prepared to pay £22m in cash, or cash and a player, believed to be either Soloman Kalou, John Obi Mikel or Yuri Zhirkov, for Nasri.

Arsenal will be looking to play the three clubs off of each other and secure the best possible price for their want-away midfielder, and this new development now puts Arsenal in a position of power even if they are to lose one of their best players.

As it stands, Manchester City have put an offer on the table, Manchester United have had an offer rejected and Chelsea are preparing an offer as the Nasri saga looks set to be completed soon.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.