Nasri’s days at City could be over soon – Where next for him?
Manager Roberto Mancini was furious with his side’s performance for the 3-1 defeat at the hands of Southampton and said he would drop some of the players in coming matches. He was taken aback for abject passion and lack of hunger shown by some of his players.
Nasri was one of those players he indirectly criticized. To be fair to the France international, he deserves such treatment. The 25-year-old has scored just one goal this season in 12 Premier League appearances and it seems like his days at the oil-rich club are numbered.
Nasri was signed for a reported fee of around £24 million from Arsenal and therefore City would at least try to sell him in the region of £15-16 million, if not more. The player himself would give priority to a Champions League club while choosing his future.
So, taking into consideration these two factors, let us find out which clubs could go for him four months from now.
Nasri’s possible future destinations:
While, it is highly unlikely that Arsene Wenger will go for him again, a return to London with Chelsea is rated highly on the cards. The Blues will be reshaping the squad in the summer and Samir Nasri would fill up the void left by departing Frank Lampard who is yet to sign a new contract.
Let’s not kid here – the bloke is a top quality and deserves to play in any top clubs in Europe. He was linked with Manchester United a couple of seasons ago, as Alex Ferguson wanted him mainly for the central midfield role. The door is not closed for him yet as United are still looking for the perfect replacement of Paul Scholes.
If Tottenham can finish in top four, they might go for him too. Andre Villas-Boas wanted Joao Moutinho badly but could get a ready-made class player as good as him, if not better, that too at a reasonable price.
Nasri would possibly want to stay in the Premier League but he could be used as a part of swap deal with Edinson Cavani. The Serie A club won’t be too unhappy for getting such a quality player. Also, City probably won’t sell a player to any of their rival clubs and therefore could sanction his move away from England.
Nasri came to City with lots of expectations but probably the jump was too soon for him. Further, he was never given his preferred position to shine and was not backed enough by Mancini. It will be good for him in a way to move elsewhere and play in a less pressurized environment.