Patrice Evra acting as an instigator (what’s new?) encouraging his France team mate to dump Arsenal and come aboard a “winning team” like Man Utd has generated an expected reaction.
These maybe alarmist words but with Paul Scholes retiring and Ryan Giggs approaching the twilight of his career Man Utd are looking to replenish their midfield.The foot dragging centred around Nasri’s contract only fuels these speculations.
However it appears dissatisfaction with the side is not causing the hold up but Nasri’s insistence he be paid in line with the club’s top earners. He has one more year left on his contract but Wenger is keen on extending his stay which could mean a whole set of new financial terms.
“Are we still in discussions with Nasri? Yes, but we are still in disagreement over the financial contract on offer, which we haven’t settled. We are trying to extend his deal.”
Wenger has categorically ruled out selling Nasri to Man Utd. Last season’s Fabregas transfer saga has been on mute so far which is encouraging but these are early days and Barca can obviously come up with an offer that might be hard to overlook. Up front Gervinho is mentioned as a possible transfer from Lille.
Also on the anvil an established centre back and this is probably the first time one has heard Wenger specifically mention “maybe one who is already used to life in the Premier League” which should revive the Brede Hangelend, Gary Cahill, Christopher Samba rumours.