Reports in the News Of The World newspaper suggest that Sir Alex Ferguson will now formally pursue the £20 million signature of Arsenal playmaker Samir Nasri. Although Arsene Wenger has insisted that he will not sell the Frenchman to United, Nasri is holding firm on his wage demands of £110,000 a week, and with only a year left on his contract, and Arsenal’s refusal to break their rigid wage structures, the deal may not be as far-fetched as some would imagine. Ferguson sees the need for a mobile playmaker in the form of a younger Paul Scholes who can chip in with both goals and assists.
After being stung by the expensive mistake that was the Juan Veron deal in 2001, the fact that Nasri has proven ability in the Premiership will no doubt appeal to the United manager. With Arsenal’s stars beginning to question their futures, and following the free departure of Mathieu Flamini to Milan in 2008, it remains to be seen whether Wenger would rather lose Nasri to league rivals United for a mark-up on the £12 million fee, or lose him for nothing at the end of the season. Wenger may be caught between a rock and a hard place over Nasri’s future, and Manchester United are now applying their considerable weight.
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Nani exit rumours.
The Metro reports that Portuguese winger Nani may be edging closer to the Old Trafford exit following rumours that Bayern Munich (and potentially Inter Milan) are to up their interest in him. Despite a strong season in which he allied consistency to his prodigious talent with 10 goals and 15 assists, the winger fell out of favour following Antonio Valencia’s return to fitness. Having only made an appearance from the bench in the Champions League final defeat against Barcelona, and following Ashley Young’s arrival from Aston Villa, the 24-year-old Portuguese wants assurances from the United hierarchy before he decides on whether Bayern would offer him the game time and a consistent chance to win top trophies in Germany. While the German league may not be considered as an ‘elite’ league, Bayern could offer him a top wage, and after beating United in the 2009/10 ECL quarter finals and reaching the final, they should not be dismissed as also-rans for his signature.
Juventus want Park.
Another United winger who may be considering his future is Park-Ji Sung, whose agent says is ‘definitely wanted’ by Juventus, according to Goal.com. While the 30-year-old Korean said that his desire was to stay with the Premier League champions earlier in the week, the fact that his contract expires at the end of the 2011/12 season; with Young’s arrival in the wide left position, and the increased competition for places with the expected signature of another midfielder, Park may decide that he wants to play every week with the Old Lady. It would be somewhat surprising considering that Park’s form was enough to dislodge Nani for the ECL final, and that his marketability makes him worth a huge amount off of the pitch. However, it is unlikely that Sir Alex Ferguson would stand ion his way should he decide to make a switch.