Midfield maestro would be quality United addition, says Old Trafford star

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With Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri refusing to rule out a move to Manchester United, Rio Ferdinand has eulogised about the young Frenchman, hinting he would love to see Nasri at Old Trafford.

Nasri, 23, continues to stall over signing a new contract to extend his stay at the Emirates Stadium, and openly flirted with the Barclays Premier League last weekend, declining the opportunity to deflect suggestions he could leave north London this summer.

"I don't know if I will sign a new contract. Anyway, the discussions are ongoing. For the moment, I don't think about this," Nasri told TF1's Telefoot.

"Do I want to go to Manchester United? First, we should see if it's real and if it is concrete."

Nasri's current Arsenal deal expires in 2012 and, should he reject the chance to put pen to paper, the Gunners will have to consider cashing-in during the transfer window.

According to The Guardian, the France international has told Arsenal they must make significant investment this summer in order to prove convince him to stay at the club, while it remains worrying for the Gunners that Nasri has publicly commented on speculation linking him with United.

Whether or not United's interest is genuine remains to be seen, but Sir Alex Ferguson is in the market for a creative midfielder after the retirement of Paul Scholes last week.


One player who would certainly welcome the Arsenal schemer to Manchester would be Ferdinand, who believes Nasri could soon be mentioned alongside former Gunners favourite Thierry Henry and United legend Eric Cantona.

"Samir Nasri is an excellent player who has a good technique and a huge amount of talent," said the United defender. "And he scores goals.

"For me, he is one of the best players right now. I think he even won the title of best French football player at international level.

"The French have a history of good players here. Thierry Henry has been fantastic. Just like Cantona. And let's not forget Marcel Desailly."

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