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Samir Nasri Signs with Manchester City

Samir NasriManchester City has closed a long transfer adventure by finalising the signing of Samir Nasri, a midfielder from Arsenal. The 24-year-old is now in a four-year contract at Etihad Stadium following the football club agreeing to pay him a fee of, what’s said to be, about £24 million. The French player is now in line to debut with the club on Sunday at White Hart Lane in a clash against Tottenham Hotspur. He will wear the No. 19 shirt.

Nasri played in the second Premier League match with Arsenal, which ended with a 2-0 defeat against Liverpool at home, after joining the team in 2008 from Marseille. After two rough season, he became an arguably best player in last year’s season with 15 goals and a performance good enough to earn a spot in the Premier League Team of the Season. However, it’s been likely for months that he would leave the club, as he refused to renew a summer 2012 expiration on his contract. It was reported that he was offered £90,000 per week to stay with them, but City distracted him with vows of greater riches and better opportunities to win trophies.

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini said on the club’s website that Nasri is a great footballer with a wonderful mentality and technique. The manager followed him while he played for Marseille, at Inter (where they wanted him five years ago) and during his four-year career in the Premier League with Arsenal, where he has improved. He’s a top player now, as he can score goals, make assists and is a similar footballer to David Silva – both of whom can play on the same team, he added. The club also said on its website that Nasri, who can play both central and wide positions, comes in time to be considered for the Tottenham match.

Nasri is now the second Arsenal player to quit for Manchester City since May, after left back Gael Clichy, who switched clubs in July. The team has also signed Romania goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon, Serbian defender Stefan Savic, and Argentina forward Sergio Aguero this summer as they prepare for an inaugural season in the Champions League.

The cash that Arsenal has generated from selling Nasri and Spanish central midfielder Cesc Fabregas will be used to boost the midfield. Manager Arsene Wenger has admitted to looking light in that area. However, he didn’t guarantee that he will make any transactions, warning that he has already signed Ivorian winger Gervinho and English winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – who both can play midfielder in Nasri’s place on the left of a three-man attack. The club’s financial health depends on if they are able to make it through a qualifier for the Champions League in a match against Udinese, which is scheduled for Wednesday.

 

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