Turkish pair keen on signing Manchester City outcast
Manchester City outcast Samir Nasri is reportedly attracting interest from a whole host of clubs following Sevilla’s decision to neglect the buy option on his temporary contract.
The former France international fell instantly out-of-favour under Pep Guardiola’s arrival at the Etihad, and this pushed him for a move to the Estadio Ramon where he produced a mixed bag. The 29-year-old back at his parent club for the summer, but it will not be long because he is offloaded to one of his suitors.
Preferably the Citizens would demand a sum of around £20m for the former Arsenal man, but his hefty wages have forced City to lower their asking price to just £11.38m. In recent days, Chinese heavyweights Shanghai Shenhua have express an interest in Nasri, but it is uncertain whether the Frenchman would be open to a Far East move. A fresh report from L’Equipe now suggests that there are three more parties keen on the attacker with Besiktas and Galatasaray both willing to match the Citizens’ valuation.
The Turkish pair will offer the Frenchman with a three-year contract at the least with the option of an additional year, should he impress. Meanwhile, AC Milan are the other club in the hunt but they could be restricted in their wage budget following their £70m spending spree this summer. One particular surprise could be the lack of interest from hometown club Marseille, who have pursued some of their former players over the past year.
Both Florian Thauvin and Dimitri Payet made their returns to Stade Velodrome last term, and they could be further transfer activity this summer as they look to close the gap between themselves and the top-three positions. Nasri made a bright start to his Citizens career with a brilliant hat-trick of assists on debut against Tottenham Hotspur in 2011, but he has since lost some of his superlative skills which once made him a club favourite at the Emirates Stadium.