Samir Nasri could be flogged by Arsenal after an apparent row with manager Arsene Wenger. Manchester City are willing to pay £22m for the French midfielder, says the Mirror. The redtop claims he was left “brooding” at home on yesterday as the team flew to Portugal for today’s friendly against Benfica. Hmmm.
The paper reports that Manchester City are waiting in the wings with a £22million bid for Nasri after a clash between him and Wenger on the club’s flight back from a pre-season tour of Asia last week.
It adds that relations between the pair, as a result, are said to be at an all-time low. And with City ready to make a move, Nasri’s time at Arsenal could finally be coming to an end before the transfer window closes.
He will only be allowed to leave, however, once AW ties up a deal for Valencia midfielder Juan Mata.
The Mail, meanwhile, claims that Cesc Fabregas is set to miss the start of the new season – whether he joins Barcelona or not. Fabregas was left behind on Friday for the trip to Portugal.
And after Barcelona’s latest offer, worth £35million, was rejected, AW said: “I don’t think Fabregas will be ready to start the season because he has been out for a long time and has had no games. I do not want to speak about the transfer because I have done that for three years now in every press conference so I don’t think there is any need to add something.”
The Sun says AW has conceded we cannot afford any more injuries and hopes to make a least one more signing next week. He said: “I would have preferred to finish in the transfer market but it does not work like that. We have had some sleepless nights and we were working non-stop through the summer.
“The injuries are making things difficult. We start the season next week and then we have a Champions League qualifier. We need to qualify and hopefully we won’t have any more injuries from the international matches. We could be hit hard if we lose any more.
Of the other walking wounded he added: “Nasri is out with an ankle problem. It is difficult to give Theo a deadline. He might be back for the start of the season. Koscielny has a muscle problem but it is not too serious. I am not sure about Jack and his ankle problem.”
Oh but there is, Arsene