Manchester City are close to capturing Arsenal’s Samir Nasri in a deal thought to be worth £25m, ESPN Soccernet report.
The deal is expected to be completed before the weekend as Roberto Mancini finally lands one of his primary summer transfer targets. The French midfielder will become the second high profile player to leave the Emirates this week – with former club captain Cesc Fabregas also securing his dream move back to Barcelona – to leave Arsene Wenger looking very shallow in midfield. The deal would take Mancini’s spending in this window up to £77m, after the Italian has also signed Sergio Aguero, Stefan Savic and Gael Clichy.
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Onouha attracting plenty of interest.
A host of Premier League clubs have made attempts to sign Man City defender Nedum Onouha, according to BBC Sport.
His agent, Kia Joorabchian, confirmed Everton, Blackburn and Sunderland have all made bids for the 24-year-old and it is clear he does not feature in Roberto Mancini’s plans. Joorabchian can totally understand the interest being shown in his client: “I’m not surprised at this level of interest, because Nedum has proven that he’s a very good player.”
Onouha – who spent last season on loan at the Stadium of Light – came through the ranks at the club, but has found himself behind a host of new signings including Vincent Kompany, Joleon Lescott and Kolo Toure.
Santa Cruz open to move to the Championship.
Forgotten man Roque Santa Cruz is waiting for Man City to decide on his future, but says he would consider dropping down to the Championship to secure regular football, Sky Sports report.
The Paraguayan spent last season on-loan at Blackburn where he had previously been a big success, but with new arrivals at the Etihad stadium the future now looks bleak for 30-year-old.
The player’s father and agent, Aproniano, says Santa Cruz just wants to play football and would entertain the idea of playing in the Championship: “They are looking for another club for him because Roque wants to go to another team where he can have more chances to play. The second division is very competitive in England, with powerful teams in huge stadiums. There are important teams like Leeds United, but his future will be decided by Manchester.”
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