Nasri saw Arsenal as 'springboard' to 'bigger' European side

Samir Nasri is expected to join Manchester City in the next 24 hours, and while the Frenchman triples his salary by moving up North, reports in France today have claimed that he has always seen Arsenal as a springboard to a bigger European side.

The former Marseille midfielder, who has less than year left on his existing deal, rejected Arsenal’s £90,000-a-week contract offer several weeks ago, which immediately alerted Premier League rivals City – who are currently on the verge of finalising a £22million transfer for the 24-year-old.

According to respected French news outlet Le Parisien, Nasri has always regarded Arsenal as a ‘springboard to a bigger club’ since arriving in North London three years ago. The newspaper reports that Nasri wanted to ‘make a name for himself on the continental stage’ and then ‘leave quickly’.

However, Nasri met up with QPR star and close friend Adel Taarabt last week, where he told the Moroccan starlet that Manchester City weren’t his ‘first choice’ and he has always ‘dreamed’ of a move to ‘Barcelona, Manchester United or Real Madrid’. The report goes on to say that City’s £200,000-a-week contract offer was too good to refuse for Nasri, who believes the Sky Blues offer a ‘better’ chance of winning silverware than Arsenal.

Talks between City and Arsenal are still continuing, although various journalists have suggested that the transfer will be done and dusted before Arsenal’s Premier League clash with Liverpool on Saturday.


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