Reports in The Sun over the past day are claiming that Manchester City are prepared to lower the asking price for want-away midfielder Samir Nasri after a lack of interest so far this summer.
It is believed that City’s initial asking price of around £16million has had no takers and that, with no future at the Etihad Stadium next season, the club are set to lower their demands to £12million.
The 29-year-old spent all of last season on-loan at Spanish side Sevilla, being part of the side that were knocked out of the Champions League last-16 stage by Leicester City, and it is believed that the La Liga outfit are unwilling to take up the option in his contract to make the deal permanent ahead of next year.
A source close to Manchester City is quoted as saying:
“Nobody is really looking at him at present. The fee is too high for most and could be cut.
“Sevilla have an option on him but interest has waned and other clubs are being put off by his high wage demands. Nothing concrete is on the horizon and he is not getting any younger.
“He turns 30 in a fortnight and is getting to that stage of his career.”
It has been said that Nasri isn’t keen on remaining in Manchester after boss Pep Guardiola’s upheaval of the midfield, and it appears that it’s now a waiting game for any impending offers.
Meanwhile, Manchester City youngster Bersant Celina is set to spend another season developing his football away from the Etihad with a potential move to the Championship.
The 20-year-old midfielder is highly touted to be a big part of the future of the club in upcoming years, and he spent last season out on loan with FC Twente in the Dutch Eredivisie.
The Manchester Evening News claim that Bolton and Ipswich are currently frontrunners in taking Celina on, with it believed that a second consecutive year playing regular football will stand him in good stead for when he’s ready to fight for a first-team spot, particularly the physical Championship.
Celina scored five times and notched four assists for Twente in 27 league appearances, impressing with his creativity and vision in the final third of the pitch.
Away from transfer news, the Premier League fixtures for the 2017/18 season were released earlier this morning and Manchester City will face a trip to top-flight new boys Brighton on the opening day.
This opening match – which will be Brighton’s first ever taste of Premier League football – is followed by the visit of Everton, a trip to Bournemouth and then the test of Liverpool at the Etihad.
The first Manchester derby of the season will take place at Old Trafford just before the busy festive period on December 9 before the reverse fixture at the Etihad falls on April 7.
Other notable matches see City host Arsenal and Chelsea on November 4 and March 3 respectively, whilst the Citizens will end the season with matches against Swansea City, Huddersfield and Southampton.
For Manchester City’s full fixture list for the 2017/18, season, click here.
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