Frenchman Samir Nasri is all set to reject a move to Turkish champions Besiktas and join La Liga outfit Sevilla. The 29 year old was set for a loan move to Turkey, but now seems to have changed his mind.
Last season, Nasri was hampered by injuries as he made less than 10 appearances for the Sky Blues.
He was dismissed from training during pre season as a result of being overweight and although he has regained some amount of fitness, has not exactly got off to the best of starts with new manager Pep Guardiola, making just one substitute appearance for 15 minutes in City’s 3-1 victory over West Ham. It was also the first time Guardiola had named Nasri in the squad.
Even though Guardiola appreciated Nasri’s efforts, the midfielder who made a £24 million switch from Arsenal five years ago, contemplated on joining Besiktas on loan to get more game time.
However, now Nasri has apparantly changed his mind and wants to leave for Spain. Manchester City, meanwhile, have slapped a £17 million price tag on him and it will be interesting to see how Sevilla negotiate, given they have time only till Wednesday.
Since making his big-money switch from Arsenal, Nasri has made more than a hundred appearances for the sky blue outfit, scoring 18 times.
The unfortunate tendon injury suffered last season meant that he could not play for about 5 months and after his injury healed, he was overweight and thus deemed unfit for the pre season.Naturally, the midfielder will find game time hard to come by under Guardiola, with all the competition in midfield.
It is understood that Sevilla made an approach for Nasri on Monday and will now speak to City to try and negotiate Nasri’s transfer.
Sevilla themselves are playing in the Champions League and with regular La Liga action on the cards as well, Nasri, in all probability will try to make the move happen before the transfer deadline.
Should the transfer go through, it will surely benefit the versatile play maker as he will get an opportunity to resurrect his career away from the blue side of Manchester.