According to a report in The Sun, Manchester City will table another bid for Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri within the next 48 hours.
The French midfielder has been a target for City manager, Roberto Mancini all summer, encouraged by Nasri’s comments that he is prepared to leave the North London club following dismay at their transfer policy and lack of silverware.
The paper claim that Arsene Wenger is ready to accept defeat in the battle to retain the 24 year old and cash in on the player who has only one year left on his contract. Accordingly, City may put in a “take it or leave it” offer of £22 million in the belief that the deal can be pushed through this week. If so, there even maybe an outside chance of Nasri putting in a Community Shield appearance for the Blues.
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New Hart deal.
Skysports.com is reporting that Joe Hart has agreed terms to a new deal. At the beginning of the summer City were rumoured to be considering offering the England goalkeeper a new contract, trebling his wages to £90,000 per week giving him parity with teammates James Milner and Gareth Barry.
The offer comes on the back of an incredible year for Hart. The 24 year old has established himself as City‘s and England’s first choice. For the Blues he played a total of 53 games in all competitions, making 180 saves and only conceding 42 goals, in what may be generally recognised as one of the meanest defences in the Premier League. In the process, Hart helped City to an automatic Champions League place and a FA Cup victory over Stoke.
With Shay Given now having been sold to Aston Villa, Hart has no real challenge for his City position and the five year deal cements this.
Today’s Sun is carrying quotes for Yaya Toure on City’s ambitions this coming season. The midfielder has stated the importance of a Community Shield victory over their “Red” neighbours in order to show the Premier League title credentials. The Ivorian stated: “The league will be very hard and we will have to improve a lot, but then I think this will be the year for us. We are going to have to fight to show people that City are going all the way to the top. We have to make a statement from the start [the Community Shield] I think other clubs are now starting to take notice of us”.
Toure also hailed the team spirit generated from last season and believes City have the potential to be as good as Barcelona. Certainly, they are trying to build arguably one of the best squads in Europe adding Sergio Aguero, Gail Clichy and Stefan Savic to their ranks over the summer.
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