Samir Nasri appears to be closing in on an unlikely switch to Manchester United from fellow Premier League title challengers Arsenal.
The Frenchman still has 12 months of his existing contract with the Gunners to run, but his apparent unwillingness to sign a new deal could mean the north London club choose to cash in on the player rather than risk losing him for nothing next season.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has insisted that he would not countenance selling one of his star players to the reigning champions, telling French radio station RTL: “One thing’s for sure: we’re not selling him to Manchester United.”
However, Nasri’s contract status means he is in a good position to force the move through by threatening to see out the final 12 months on his deal and leave on a free unless he is allowed to join up with Ryan Giggs, Wayne Rooney and company.
The 23-year-old is said to favour a move to Old Trafford and his potential suitors are understood to be keen to make the deal happen.
Crucially, should Nasri join the Red Devils, it is likely to have a significant impact on the title odds of both Arsenal and Manchester United.
Arsenal’s title odds can be expected to lengthen from 6/1, while United, 7/4 to win the championship for a second year in a row, would surely strengthen their position as favourites if they landed one of the league’s best midfielders.
Meanwhile, Wenger has been linked with a move for Eden Hazard, who would be a tailor-made replacement for Nasri.
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