New Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is prepared to listen to offers for Samir Nasri, it is being reported this morning.
Sky Sports are today claiming that the 29-year-old has been told he can leave the Etihad, provided any interested parties are prepared to pay the club’s asking price of around £17m.
The former French international midfielder returned to pre-season training overweight, as confirmed by Guardiola himself, and was made to train alone in what the manager at the time insisted was simply a bid to restore him to peak physical condition.
However, the move by Guardiola to isolate the player – even temporarily – led to increased speculation that he would look to move Nasri on in the coming weeks, and now that speculation seems to have been accurate.
Italian sides Roma and AC Milan are, as per the report, interested in signing Nasri. Inter are also apparently keen, though the change in manager this week may have an impact on the transfer plans of the Nerazzurri.
Nasri arrived at Manchester City in a £25m deal from Arsenal in 2011. However, his time at the club has been disrupted by a string of injuries and serious question marks regarding his attitude.
In all, he made just seven Premier League appearances last season, and the £37m arrival of German international Leroy Sané will have done nothing for his chances of nailing down a staring spot under Guardiola. David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling are all also seen as more preferable options in the Man City starting lineup.