Manchester City looking to sell £25 million playmaker

Samir Nasri’s Manchester City career looks to be over, with Roberto Mancini reportedly willing to listen to offers for the 25-year-old playmaker.

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Nasri has struggled for form since his £25 million move from Arsenal in 2011, and is unsettled at the Etihad. Relations between the France international and Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini are at an all-time low following the Italian’s public criticism of the former Arsenal player.

Mancini publicly questioned Nasri’s attitude in a recent press conference. “If you are a top player you know you can improve until the last day of your career but sometimes you get players who think it is not important to work and this is their worst mistake.” Mancini told reporters. “[Samir] has not been playing at his level.”

The Manchester club are unlikely to receive anywhere near the £25 million they paid Arsenal for Nasri’s services, and would be willing to incur a loss of roughly £6-£9 million. Nasri is currently on £175,000 per week at Eastlands and the Manchester club are desperate to get the France international off their mountaineous wage bill.

A number of Europe’s elite are believed to be interested in Nasri, including Inter Milan, Juventus, and Atletico Madrid. However, Ligue 2 side Monaco are favourites for the Frenchman’s signature, and would be willing to offer £19 million, thanks to the cash injection from their new wealthy owner. The French side have targeted Nasri as their top signing should they regain promotion to Ligue 1 this season.

Manchester City are 12/1 with to win the 2012/13 Premier league title.


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