English Premiership

£24 million for Samir Nasri

2011-08-24 16:47
Samir Nasri (File)

Manchester - Manchester City confirmed the signing of France midfielder Samir Nasri from Arsenal on a four-year contract on Wednesday in a deal understood to be worth £24 million.

Nasri's long-awaited move to Eastlands was finally completed after the 24-year-old passed a medical and he is likely to go straight into Roberto Mancini's squad for Sunday's Premier League match against Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

"Manchester City FC is delighted to announce the signing of Samir Nasri, who has become Roberto Mancini's fourth signing of the summer," a statement on the club's website confirmed.

"The French international joins the club from Arsenal on a four-year deal and will meet his new team-mates on Thursday. He will wear the number 19 shirt."

City had been chasing Nasri for several months but the transfer looked as though it might stall over the weekend after reports that the former Marseille player's agents were haggling over their cut of the transfer fee.

Mancini added to the confusion by warning Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger that he might pull out of the deal if Nasri played in Wednesday's Champions League tie against Udinese as that would stop him playing for City in the competition.

However, Wenger had already reluctantly accepted that he had to sell an unsettled player with only one year left on his contract

It is believed City have paid around £24 million for Nasri, who is expected to double his wages as the club's Abu Dhabi-based owners take their spending since the end of last season to over £70 million.

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