EXCLUSIVE: Arsenal fear they will lose Fabregas AND Nasri THIS WEEK!
Published 01:00 29/06/11 By John Cross and Darren Lewis
Arsenal fear they will lose £20million Samir Nasri AND Cesc Fabregas this week.
The Gunners last night received an improved £34million bid from Barcelona for club captain Fabregas.
And Manchester United are also ready to make their move for Nasri with a view to sealing a deal before pre-season training begins next week.
Arsenal could find it hard to resist a £20million offer for a player in the final year of his contract at the Emirates.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has already made it clear Nasri will not be allowed to run his contract down and leave on a free as midfielder Mathieu Flamini did three years ago.
Wenger has been trying to persuade Nasri that the club’s six-year spell without trophies will come to an end next season.
But any success is unlikely to feature Fabregas, as Barcelona last night made an improved £34m bid for the Gunners skipper.
It has led to Fabregas cancelling a public appearance at a football campus in Tordera, Spain, today so he can avoid answering difficult questions.
Arsenal rejected £27m last week but are keen to bank at least £40m.
Real Madrid were also reported to have entered the bidding yesterday with an offer of around £45m and Arsenal will be happy at news of a battle to drive the price up.
But privately, they accept there is no chance of Fabregas going to Madrid as negotiations are too far advanced and the player has set his heart on Barcelona.
And United are still understood to be confident of landing a second body blow on their title rivals by spiriting away 24-year-old Nasri.
He would provide a simple solution to United boss Sir Alex Ferguson’s search for a new midfielder.
Tottenham have already declared their own schemer Luka Modric is not for sale while the Champions have been put off by the wage demands of Inter Milan superstar Wesley Sniejder.
United would be able to meet the six-figure demands of Nasri who has been pushing to be elevated to such a wage at the Emirates.