As Samir Nasri edges closer to a move to Manchester City, it has been claimed that the Arsenal midfielder would rather be completing a transfer to Manchester United.

According to the Daily Star, joining the Barclays Premier League champions was one of Nasri's 'preferred choices', with Barcelona and Real Madrid also favoured destinations.

It had previously been reported that United had indeed tried to buy Nasri this summer as a replacement for Paul Scholes, who ended his illustrious Old Trafford career at the end of last season.

However, Arsenal reportedly rebuffed an offer in the region of £20 million from United, as Arsene Wenger stated he had no intention of letting the 23-year-old join a rival.


But the Arsenal boss has been left with little option but to concede in his battle to keep the France international, who could stand to double his wages with City.

Meanwhile, with City set to beat United to Nasri, the latter are said to be considering a move for German prodigy Mario Goetze.

The Borussia Dortmund teenager has been attracting plenty of interest, and has allegedly been identified as a potential alternative target to Wesley Sneijder.

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