The Telegraph reports that Samir Nasri will tell Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger that if he is to leave the Emirates Stadium, he will only leave for Manchester United.
United have prepared a £20m offer for Nasri and submitted a formal request to the Gunners last week, which Arsenal have yet to decide upon. Wenger is keen to keep the 24 year old at Arsenal and had stated last month that there was no way he would sell the Frenchman to United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
Arsenal would face losing Nasri on a free transfer next season, if they fail to tie him down to a new deal this summer. Nasri only has 12 months left on his current Arsenal contract. United’s summer spending is already at £49.8m with the three signings of goalkeeper David De Gea, defender Phil Jones and midfielder Ashley Young. United are primed to offer Nasri £90,000 a week wages on a five year deal at Old Trafford.
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Reds in for Sissoko.
Manchester United have entered the race to sign highly rated Toulouse star Moussa Sissoko, talkSPORT reports.
The 21 year old midfielder has made three appearances for France and wants to test himself in the Premier League after eight seasons at Toulouse. United face competition from Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool for the services of the Frenchman, who could come available for £7m.
Sissoko nearly joined Tottenham Hotspur, but terms broke down over the agreement of a fee and Toulouse will not be prepared to lose Sissoko lightly. Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is looking for a new central midfielder after the retirement of Paul Scholes and Sissoko could fit the bill as the midfield enforcer Manchester United have been looking for.
Edwin backs De Gea.
Former Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin Van der Sar believes that new United signing David De Gea can handle the pressure of being number one at Old Trafford, according to ESPN.
Van der Sar retired from football at Old Trafford last season after an esteemed career, which saw him win the Champions League twice, and has confidence in De Gea to fill his shoes at Old Trafford. At just 20, De Gea is seen as some as being under experienced to such a pressure filled role at the Premier League champions, but the Spanish under 21 goalkeeper has won the under 21 European Championships and the Europa League already in his career.
The Dutchman said: ‘Hopefully, he’s going to have a career at Manchester United. He’s very talented. He’s already won the trophy with Atletico Madrid and the Spain under 21 team, so the prospect is there. Everybody has to be his own person, but I’ve met him. I’ve spoken to him and it looks to me that he can handle it’.