Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson admits that his chances of landing Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri this summer are slim.
United are reported to have made a £20m bid for Nasri, which was turned down by Arsenal, but it seems a better offer elsewhere may have put paid to a potential transfer to the red side of the city.
Speaking at a press conference in Boston, Ferguson said, “I don’t think he is coming to United. That is all I can tell you. I think that he has agreed to go somewhere else.”
You don’t need to be a genius to know that somewhere else refers to Manchester City. France Football have claimed that Nasri will join Mancini’s mercenaries when he returns from Arsenal’s Asian tour, with a weekly wage of £160,000 mooted.
However, Arsene Wenger claimed earlier today that neither Nasri, nor Cesc Fabregas, would be going anywhere this summer. Never short of an opinion, Ferguson reacted to that by saying, “That is his decision. He is the manager. If he stands by that decision, it is a brave one. I don’t know if the (Arsenal) directors will enjoy that one, but it is possible.
“Maybe he will have to stay”.
The Arsenal board need to weigh up the potential cost of keeping Nasri who has thus far refused to commit to a new deal. His contract expires next summer and if £20m+ is on the table from City it would be almost impossible to turn down, regardless of the manager’s wishes.
If that money were handed straight back to Wenger to re-invest in the squad there’s little doubt the pain of losing Nasri could be offset.
Provided the money wasn’t spent on Stewart Downing.