Out-of-favour Samir Nasri has been labelled as arrogant, according to The Times, by fellow teammates during their tour of the Untied States, forcing City to cut their asking price to just £10 million.
Nasri, who spent last season on loan at Sevilla, originally had an asking price of £21 million, but recent events appear to have more than halved that figure.
This is not the first time in his career that attitude has been a problem. In 2012, Nasri lost his temper with a reporter whilst on international duty and was banned for three matches by the French Football Federation.
After Didier Deschamps left him out of his 23-man squad for the 2014 World Cup, Nasri announced his retirement from international football, and the midfielder’s career hasn’t hit the same heights since.
That being said, for £10 million, Nasri could prove a steal for other Premier League clubs if they could fork up his undoubtedly huge wages.
So which Premier League clubs are in a position to take a risk on the midfielder?
The Toffees have proved this transfer window that they are serious.
They have already spent over £80 million in this transfer window and have still made a profit through the sales of Romelu Lukaku, Gerard Deulofeu and Tom Cleverley.
The one player who has alluded Everton all summer is Swansea’s talisman Gylfi Sigurdsson, despite reports from the Daily Mail that they have offered £45 million for the Icelandic midfielder.
If the Toffees are ultimately unsuccessful in their attempts to secure the Iceland international’s services, could Nasri, who would be for sale at a fraction of the price, be an option?
£10 million is certainly within Everton’s transfer budget and it is clear the Merseyside club are looking for an experienced Premier League midfielder.
The Frenchman has already played over 200 Premier League games, and won two titles.
The question that will always surround Samir Nasri, is which version of him will you be getting?
Will you get the creative midfielder with an eye for a pass, that few would have even believed possible, or will you get the temperamental player which has led to him being exiled by more than one group of players?
If it is the former, £10 million is a steal, and he may well be a risk Everton are willing to take.
Like Everton, Stoke have made a profit so far this transfer window, in the most part due to their sale of Marko Arnautovic to West Ham.
However, Arnautovic isn’t the only midfielder the Potters have lost this summer. Glenn Whelan and Jonathan Walters have also moved on, leaving the club short of players in the middle of the park.
Stoke will be looking to get back on track after a poor season by their standards, and they will need to invest the money they have made from Arnautovic’s sale if they are to improve.
A player of Nasri’s potential could certainly spice things up for Stoke, if they are willing to invest half of their profit this summer on the French midfielder.
A pairing of Charlie Adam and Samir Nasri could be an exciting one for Potters fans, who also have newly acquired Darren Fletcher to take the reigns if needs be.
As with any club it would be a risk, but Stoke need to build, and the club hasn’t shied away from players who are difficult to manage in the past.
Probably the least likely of the three clubs to make a move for the French midfielder, but don’t rule them out of contention immediately.
Burnley still have a lot of money left over from their sale of Michael Keane to big-spending Everton earlier in the summer and they showed in January they are not afraid to spend where required.
Robbie Brady’s £13 million transfer from Norwich shocked a lot of people, as Burnley looked to move away from their ‘Premier League newcomers’ label.
The Clarets already have a good pool of midfielders to choose from, including Steven Defour, Jack Cork and Jeff Hendrick, but none of them offer the experience at this level as Nasri could.
You can be sure that Sean Dyche wouldn’t accept any attitude problems from the Frenchman, but if the club are able to manage the likes of Joey Barton, how bad could Nasri possibly be?