Juventus have been gutted of some of their most talented midfielders so far this summer and they have now set their sights on a high-profile target to fill that void.
Who will fill the chasm? Samir Nasri, according to the Daily Star. The Man City midfield maestro is now being courted by the Serie A champions, who have lost Andrea Pirlo to the MLS this season as well as Arturo Vidal to Bayern Munich – two players who were crucial to Juventus’ Champions League run and domestic success in 2014/15.
With the additions of Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling, there is every possibility that Nasri will be completely frozen out of City’s starting XI this term, something which has already started to happen to an extent, only managing a few minutes here and there so far this season.
Although Nasri has four years left on his current deal at City and reportedly wants to ‘fight for his place’, one can’t help but thinking this would be a wasted exercise and the France international would be far better off moving now to reignite his career elsewhere.
If the 28-year-old doesn’t move to a new club today, it may become even more difficult for him to find a side with as much prestige as Juve after a season of being left out of Manuel Pellegrini’s plans, which is almost a certainty should he stay this year. City would surely not have forked out over £100 million pounds on creative midfielders if they felt that Nasri was their main man out wide.
One may argue that the same could be said for Jesus Navas, however the Spaniard has been a mainstay in Manuel Pellegrini’s squad and is not likely to be the one to be replaced.
It’s late in the day, but this could be a deal to suit all parties. Juve gain some much-needed midfield talent while City offload a player who will likely by used sparingly this season. As for Nasri, he would be joining a smaller pond but would be a much larger fish at Juve than at City.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena