Samir Nasri is set to leave Arsenal by the end of the week, the Guardian claims, with the playmaker being targeted by Manchester City and Manchester United.

Nasri has been favoured for a switch over the last couple of weeks, and the 24-year-old is said to be worth £25 million.


 

Arsenal have desperately tried to hold on to their young star, but with Manchester United and Manchester City circling, Arsene Wenger has reportedly softened his stance on the situation, realising that should Nasri demand a move to one of the clubs, it will be unsettling for the Gunners to keep the Frenchman against his will.

United have been targeting Nasri as a possible replacement for retired Paul Scholes, while City have been open about their pursuit of the Arsenal star.

But after Manchester United defeated City in the Community Shield, Roberto Mancini has reportedly stepped up his pursuit of Nasri, and looks to have the edge over cross-town rival Sir Alex Ferguson with his ability to offer Arsenal whatever price they require for Nasri.

Wenger now has decided that selling Nasri will help Arsenal build their squad, and has ‘opened the door’ for the star to make the move.

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