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United and City go head-to-head in £20m playmaker pursuit

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Manchester United target Samir Nasri will definitely leave Arsenal this summer according to top football agent Phil Smith.

Speaking to talkSPORT this morning, Smith intimated that Nasri will have the pick of both Manchester clubs, as United and City go head-to-head for the player’s signature.

Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson is keen to bring Nasri to Old Trafford this summer and has reportedly already offered Arsene Wenger £20million for his want-away star's services.

"I think Arsenal would sell him to anyone but Manchester United," said Smith. "The money may talk with Manchester City lurking and offering £150,000 per week.

"I think he'll go but it could easily be either of them [Manchester United or Manchester City].


 

"Arsenal have to make a decision, £20million now or nothing at the end of the year."

Having already completed the signing of Gael Clichy, who swapped the Emirates Stadium for Eastlands on Monday, Roberto Mancini may revisit north London in an attempt to bring Nasri to City ahead of the new season.

If Mancini can pull off the transfer coup from under the noses of rivals Manchester United, it would represent an excellent piece of business by the Citizens.

And while Arsenal will be reluctant to let Nasri leave, they would likely prefer to sell, if they have to, to the blue side of Manchester to avoid strengthening the reigning Barclays Premier League champions.

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