Arsenal exit a step closer for Nasri after United's £20m bid revealed
Samir Nasri returns to Arsenal today ready to tell Arsene Wenger that he wants to move to Manchester United after being made aware of a £20m bid lodged by the Premier League champions two weeks ago.
Although Nasri remains the subject of interest from Manchester City and Chelsea, as well as Real Madrid, Inter Milan and AC Milan, United are understood to be in pole position to sign the French midfielder.
United continue to await a response from Arsenal, who have chosen not to publicise the offer, but their position is expected to become clear following talks between Nasri and Wenger when the 24-year-old reports back at the Emirates today after his summer break.
Arsenal face losing Nasri for nothing if he sees out the final 12 months of his contract and continues to reject the offer of a new deal but Wenger is determined to prevent Nasri from leaving the Emirates for a domestic rival such as United, and might conclude that if Nasri was to be the difference between qualifying for the Champions League or even winning the Premier League, the loss of a transfer fee could be justified.
Arsenal have not given up hope that Wenger can still persuade the player to sign a new contract, though their offer of £90,000 a week falls short of the £115,000 he is understood to want. In an interview last week, Nasri said his decision would be based on what was best for his career.
United are prepared to be patient, with no expectation at Old Trafford that a deal could be done before the two clubs embark on their respective summer tours of next week. (Daily Telegraph, London)