Samir Nasri could be in the Manchester City team for their opening Premier League fixture with Swansea on Monday.
Reports in the French newspaper L’Equipe yesterday have suggested that Nasri has agreed personal terms with Manchester City and that now it is a case of both clubs agreeing a fee, believed to be in the region of £22m.
News of Nasri’s Arsenal exit had died down recently with Fabregas once again taking most of the headlines over a proposed move to Barcelona, but news Nasri has agreed personal terms with City would suggest this transfer saga is near completion.
Sources in France suggest Manchester City and Nasri have had a package in place for sometime but it seems that, with the new Premier League season just days away, the club have stepped up the chase for Nasri and are hopeful of completing a deal by the end of the weekend.
Roberto Mancini is keen to nail down a move for the midfielder after witnessing his side be outplayed by neighbours Manchester United in the Community Shield last Sunday.
Despite entering the tunnel at half-time with a 2-0 lead, Mancini watched on as Sir Alex Ferguson’s side upped the gears in the second half before sealing the win in injury time.
Wayne Rooney boasted that his side had handed Manchester City a footballing lesson and with 21 shots to Manchester City’s eight, and having had 56 per cent of the ball, Manchester United certainly had the upper hand in Sunday’s match.
Mancini will be keen to introduce Nasri into the heart of the midfielder alongside Nigel De Jong and Yaya Toure as he looks to bolster Manchester City’s creativity, and should Nasri make the move north, we could well see Manchester City’s title odds shorten.
Currentyl trading at 7/2, Manchester City may challenge the Chelsea – currently 3/1 – for second favouritism should they land Nasri.