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Arsenal’s Nasri and Clichy eye options

sports Updated: Jun 12, 2011 01:36 IST
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Arsene Wenger is increasingly concerned that Samir Nasri will not sign a new contract at Arsenal, who appear ready to sell Gael Clichy, having not yet offered him fresh terms. Both players are into the final 12 months of their contracts, a situation that, in Nasri’s case, has alerted Sir Alex Ferguson, the Manchester United manager, who has made discreet inquiries as to whether the midfielder might want to move to Old Trafford. Nasri is receptive to the idea of a Bosman transfer, although Wenger would not countenance the sale.

Nasri has been offered a five-year contract worth £90,000 a week by Arsenal yet he is in no rush to sign. Arsenal, who were stung when Mathieu Flamini left on a Bosman for Milan in 2008, do not want that to happen. They paid £15.8m to take Nasri from Marseille.

Nasri would have no qualms about joining United and his comments from an interview in March are worth recounting. “I’m not saying I will not play for an English club … except Tottenham,” he said.

Wenger’s discomfort is deepened by the ongoing uncertainty concerning Cesc Fábregas, and whether Barcelona will make an offer for him.

Clichy has been a regular since 2003. Liverpool have been in contact over Clichy and now that it has emerged that the Merseyside club have made a bid of £5m for the left-back.

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"I believe that there is a chance that we will come to an agreement," said Bayern’s CEO, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.