United ready to pay Arsenal £10m for Nasri
Published 23:03 09/06/11 By David McDonnell
Manchester United are planning a sensational £10million swoop for Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri.
The Mirror has learned that United are exploring the possibility of luring Nasri – who's out of contract at the end of the 2011-2012 season - to Old Trafford in a deal that would enrage Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.
United are understood to have outlined their interest in Nasri to a third party, although the France midfielder’s agent, Jean-Pierre Bernes, has not been involved in any preliminary negotiations.
Nasri’s reluctance to enter into talks with Arsenal over a contract extension, until he is satisfied with their spending and recruitment plans for this summer, has alerted the champions to his potential availability.
United boss Alex Ferguson needs to strengthen in central midfield and Nasri's creativity and goal threat suggest he would be a perfect replacement for the recently-retired Paul Scholes.
Although United are also tracking £35m-rated Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder and £25m-rated Tottenham star Luka Modric, Nasri may be a more realistic target as he has just the one year left on his current deal.
If Nasri does refuse to sign a new contract, Arsenal would have to cash in on him this summer for a knockdown price or risk losing him for nothing when he becomes a free agent.
And it seems United are ready to test their rivals' resolve to keep Nasri, who earlier this week refused to rule out the prospect of making the controversial switch by joining the champions.
“I don’t know if I will sign a new contract," he said. “Anyway, the discussions are ongoing.
“Do I want to go to Manchester United? First, we should see if it’s real and if it’s concrete.”
Arsenal have offered Nasri a five-year deal worth £90,000-a-week which remains on the table after his representatives asked for time to decide whether to accept it.