According to BBC Sport, the deal to take Samir Nasri from Arsenal to Manchester City is still very much alive, despite the Frenchman playing in the Gunner’s home defeat to Liverpool.
Nasri took to the field in north London as reports emanated from France the deal had fallen through, and it looked like he would be staying at the Emirates for the rest of the season. The thought is now that the framework of the deal is in place but many of the financial intricacies are yet to be ironed out – ultimately holding up the deal’s conclusion.
Nasri was warmly received by the home fans against Liverpool, but Arsene Wenger now has a decision to make because if he picks him for the Champions League qualifier return leg against Udinese, it will mean the 24-year-old his ineligible for City’s European campaign.
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Sneijder interest rebuffed.
Manchester City have been rebuffed in a late swoop for Inter Milan playmaker Wesley Sneijder, according to the Daily Star.
The Paper reports that City officials attended a secret meeting last week with Milan representatives, to try and thrash out a swap deal involving Carlos Tevez, but the Dutchman turned it down. Sneijder refused to budge on his £250k-a-week wage demands – a similar problem encountered by Man Utd when they tried to sign him earlier in the summer.
A source from the Sky Blues said times of the club being held to ransom were “long gone.”
Zabaleta defends Manchester.
Pablo Zabaleta has told new arrival Sergio Aguero not to take any notice of the remarks from Carlos Tevez that Manchester has “nothing” to offer, the People report.
Zabaleta – captain of the Argentine side that Aguero and Tevez are part of – says “Manchester is not Madrid,” but the defender has thrown himself into northern life, and says it is much better than how Tevez depicts it.
Zabaleta said: “When I spoke to him (Aguero) and he said it was true he was coming to City, I said it was a very nice place with good people and I said he would feel happy here because it gives a lot of respect to football players.” He continued: “He knew a bit about Manchester, he knew the club was growing and they were already a strong team.”
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