Reports across Europe say Manchester City playmaker Samir Nasri could be on his way to the Far East as Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua want him in a big money deal.
City manager Pep Guardiola is not keen on the former Arsenal star. The club is willing to sell him to Sevilla where he was brilliant last term on loan but the La Liga side say they cannot meet City’s £12 million valuation.
Shenhua are willing to pay the money and even offer Nasri up to £275,000 in weekly wages if he agrees to the move. The same club are under pressure in China after signing Carlos Tevez and making him one of the highest paid players in the world yet he has not been scoring goals.
Other sides are also interested in Nasri. Turkish sides Besiktas and Galatasaray have been linked with the player. Even AC Milan have been linked but they would not be able to come close to the wages China wants to offer. City would also have to reduce their asking price if they want to sell the player to any of the European sides.
Manchester City need the finance so they can tie up the Kyle Walker deal. The defender is willing to play under Guardiola but the cost and fitness concerns are the niggling issues. Spurs wants £50 million for the right back deemed as the best in the Premier League but City are hoping they would come down a bit.
Guardiola has been linked with several other top players that would see him transform the City line-up and reduce the average age of the squad.