Arsenal have announced that Samir Nasri’s transfer to Manchester City has been agreed pending a medical and personal terms, Sky Sports reports.
The move was reported to have broken down before Saturday’s game, in which Nasri surprisingly featured in the 2-0 loss to Liverpool at the Emirates.
The Frenchman was due to travel with the rest of the Arsenal squad to Udinese later today for their Champions League qualifier tomorrow night. Yet it seems as though Arsene Wenger has finally surrendered to City and agreed to let his star midfielder leave to prevent the player being cup-tied in the competition.
An Arsenal club statement read: ‘Arsenal can confirm that they have agreed terms for Samir Nasri to move to Manchester City. The move will be subject to Nasri passing a medical and formal registration processes.’
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Stars not cheap.
Manchester City are adamant that their huge array of unwanted costly stars will not being leaving for free, the Guardian reports.
Players such as Craig Bellamy, Wayne Bridge, Emmanuel Adebayor and Roque Santa Cruz are still on City’s wage bill and with virtually no offers on the horizon for most of these players it is looking ominous for their futures.
Mancini said: ‘All these players have a cost. They are good players and, if there is a club that wants one of them, they must pay. I don’t understand why we should have to pay a lot of money for them and others don’t.’
Adebayor is the one player with an offer on the table reportedly from Tottenham after Harry Redknapp confirmed his interest in him last week. The stumbling block is said to be the strikers wage demands of £150,000 a week which Spurs have baulked at.
Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry hopes side can carry on scoring freely if they are to mount a serious title challenge, Sky Sports reports.
City have scored seven goals in their opening two fixtures and conceded two, both of these coming from the latest 3-2 thriller at Bolton at The Reebok Stadium.
England midfielder Gareth Barry scored City’s second goal of the night on Sunday and is confident the goals can continue.
‘If you’re going to win the title you have to keep clean sheets,’ Barry said, ‘but I’m sure if we can add to the goals tally and keep them out at the other end as well, as we did last season, then we can go far.’
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