The Frenchman is attracting interest from Manchester United and thought to be seeking assurances about the Gunners’ transfer policy as he stalls on signing a new five-year deal reported to be around the £100,000 a week mark.
With the attacking midfielder apparently turning down a new five-year deal worth £80,000 a week, it is believed his willingness to sign an extension hinges on Wenger’s transfer activity. With Wenger returning to North London, his top priority at the moment is to secure the services of Nasri, with the two Frenchmen expected to sit down this week.
Nasri was one of our top performers last season in a campaign that had promised so much, but ended trophy-less once more, and is now stalling on signing a new contract as he is yet to be convinced of Arsenal’s ability to compete for top honours next season. He is thought to have attracted interest from Arsenal’s title rivals Manchester United, though Wenger has ruled out any possibility of him joining Sir Alex Ferguson’s team.
Wenger is understood to be running out of patience with the player he signed from Marseille in 2008, and is determined not to replicate the situation three years ago when he lost Mathieu Flamini to AC Milan on a free transfer after Flamini ran down his Arsenal contract.
Wenger is getting close to securing deals for both Lille striker Gervinho and Ricardo Alvarez, with Samba expected to also join from Blackburn . It does look set to be a busy transfer window as Wenger had promised, but (as usual) Wenger has been stingy and saving every penny that he can, so fee agreements will take some time…