Samir Nasri is one of the high-profile casualties of Pep Guardiola’s overhaul at Manchester City and is on the way out. The 29-year-old Frenchman did himself no favours by returning for pre-season, as Guardiola put it, “a little bit overweight”, and had to train alone while shedding the pounds.
Nasri’s attitude has reportedly not impressed Pep, and despite his skill set being quite well suited to a Guardiola style team, he is available for transfer. Both Milan clubs have been linked with the playmaker, but Inter’s sacking of Roberto Mancini seemed to close that door, while AC Milan have signed José Sosa from Beşiktaş.
Funnily enough, Sosa’s departure from Beşiktaş could now lead to Nasri joining the Turkish champions. According to a report from L’Equipe, Nasri could soon be heading to the Vodafone Arena and joining Beşiktaş in a surprise move.
The French publiciation reports that serious negotiations are taking place between City and Beşiktaş over an initial loan deal with a future option to buy. Nasri himself, knowing he has no future at City after a five-year spell at the club, is said to be open to the move, meaning it could just be a matter of time.
Nasri is the fourth Manchester City player to have been linked with a move to Beşiktaş this summer. Vincent Kompany was, quite comically, reported to be a target and Aleks Kolarov was ‘on the verge’ of joining several times, but now finds himself starting games for City. Wilfried Bony is still actively linked with the Turkish side, as well as West Ham.
The Turkish press is notoriously unreliable, but the difference with the Nasri story is that it is also coming from L’Equipe, which is known to be reliable for transfers involving French footballers.