After five years at Manchester City, Samir Nasri could be about to depart the Etihad, with French newspaper L’Equipe today reporting that he is available for transfer.
Nasri made headlines recently when he reported for pre-season, as Pep Guardiola put it, “a little bit overweight”. This led to the French midfielder training separately from the team to get in shape, and so far he hasn’t played a single minute of football in the preparation games for the new season.
Despite scoring some crucial goals that have helped City to success in recent years, his inconsistency has frustrated supporters, who are fully aware of what a talented player he is when he applies himself. It would appear that Pep Guardiola is of a similar mindset, and has made the 29-year-old available for around €20 million (£17 million) according to Sunday’s edition of L’Equipe.
Most of the interest, so far, has arrived from Serie A. AC Milan and Roma are both said to be keen, but above all it is Inter Milan who are showing the most interest. It was reported during his tenure as City boss that Roberto Mancini had issues with Nasri, but according to the report he has personally called Samir, confirming that he wants the player at the San Siro and explaining the club’s ambitions under its new Chinese ownership.
As is so often the case with Manchester City’s high earners, Nasri’s salary could be an issue. L’Equipe reports that should a buyer not be found this summer, City could loan him out. Either way, Pep Guardiola seems unimpressed by Nasri, who has not traveled with the squad for today’s friendly against Arsenal.