A few weeks ago, the transfer of Samir Nasri to Arsenal seemed on the brink of completion. But so far Arsenal have failed to conclude deal for the French youngster, with some sources citing money as a main stumbling block.
Now, Atletico Madrid are hoping to capitalize on Arsenal’s lack of efficiency in the transfer market. According to the Daily Mirror, Atletico are looking to steal in front of Arsenal in the queue to sign the promising winger and could tempt the player to move to Madrid by offering him more playing time.
Despite managing to sign Aaron Ramsey from under the nose of Manchester United, a failure by Arsene Wenger to sign what seems to be his primary transfer target could be indicative of Arsenal’s inability to cope in today’s transfer market.
Apart from this, it will be a blow to the team itself as a replacement for Alexander Hleb has not yet been found. Of course, Hleb has not left the Emirates Stadium yet, but a move seems to be imminent with Barcelona and Bayern Munich battling for the Belorussian winger. Nasri was thought to be the preferred replacement for the outgoing Hleb, but now it seems that Arsenal may need to look elsewhere.
Editor’s Update: Claims that Nasri has signed a pre-contract with Arsenal seem to be based on this report in La Provence. No sources have been offered, it’s as easy a claim to make based on the situation as any other. Until the official news breaks, that is.