The rumours have been flowing for well over a week now that Arsenal have signed Samir Nasri for around 12 million pounds. While Arsenal have denied that any deal is complete, they have not come out and said that the signing is not close to being done. Similarly Nasri’s camp have stated that their is interest from Nasri to go to the Emirates Stadium and join Arsenal’s young talented squad, without saying that he has already joined.
So while there are some that believe that Nasi may still end up at Lyon before heading out of France, the strong links to Arsenal suggest that a deal is probably done but just awaiting final points before being announced. While Nasri will be part of the French team at Euro 2008 next week and has rapidly become a house hold name in the French League, he is still relatively unknown outside France, with Karim Benzema perhaps taking most of the attention away from the player dubbed the new Zidane when just emerging in first team football.
This is from a post I wrote last year about some of the young French players who would be interesting Europes biggest clubs in the near future, just to give a brief idea about who Nasri is.
Samir Nasri, the Marseilles midfielder, has already had to live with the billing as the new Zidane. While this has a lot to do with the fact that he is from Marseilles and of Algerian decent, that is not the whole story. The 19 year old Nasri posses skill and talent that are very much Zidane like, possessing an uncanny likeness to the French legend when on the ball. But the humble kid, showing maturity that many his age in the game are lacking, wishes to shy away from such comparisons, claiming that there is only one Zidane, and he is just a young player trying to make it in the French League, something he says he has not yet done. A host of clubs are looking at the young prodigy, who was named France’s Young Player of the Year last season, including Real Madrid, Arsenal and Manchester United. Rumours of a first option deal with Arsenal have been denied, yet with Arsenal Wengers history of bringing young players to London, and bias towards French players, don’t be surprised to see Nari at the Emirates Stadium in the future.
If Arsenal to sign Samir in the very near future there is no doubt that they will be signing a top class prospect for the future, and being French, someone who will be very much at home at the Emirates Stadium.