Former Manchester City winger Nasri could be heading to Shabab Al Ahli


Former Manchester City winger Nasri could be heading to Shabab Al Ahli
Samir Nasri could be Dubai bound. - AFP file

Dubai - The two-time Premier League winner is believed to have been offered four million Euros a year

By James Jose

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Published: Thu 27 Jun 2019, 9:22 PM

Last updated: Thu 27 Jun 2019, 11:31 PM

The Arabian Gulf League, the UAE's top flight, has attracted quite a few big names in the past, and if reports are to be believed, the country could be Premier League winner Samir Nasri's next destination.
Reports in France claim that Nasri, who won the Premier League twice with Manchester City, could be heading to the UAE to join Shabab Al Ahli.
It is being said that the former Arsenal man, who turned 32 on Wednesday, is weighing his options after apparently receiving an offer from the Dubai-based club.
The club were not available for comment but it is being reported that Shabab Al Ahli, formerly known as Al Ahli before the merger between three clubs - Al Shabab, Al Ahli and Dubai FC - have offered four million Euros a year for the former French international.
The news is gaining ground as Nasri is available on a free transfer following his short stint with West Ham United.
Also, Nasri is said to have rejected offers from Greek club Olympiakos and Australian A-League side Western United.
It is said that Nasri is seriously thinking about the offer from Shabab Al Ahli.
Nasri is managed by top agent Alain Migliaccio, who also represents illustrious names like Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane, his son Luca Zidane and former French international and Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery.
Migliaccio has also managed former France and Paris Saint Germain coach Laurent Blanc as well as Manchester United legend Eric Cantona.
If Nasri does make the big move, it raises the prospect of the Frenchman going up against his former Manchester City teammate Spaniard Alvaro Negredo.
The 33-year-old Negredo joined Dubai club Al Nasr last season on a two-year contract. The pair were teammates at City when the club won the Premier League and League Cup in the 2013-14 season.
And if Nasri makes the switch, he will follow in the footsteps of Italian international Fabio Cannavaro, Asamoah Gyan, Everton Ribeiro, Grafite, David Trezeguet and Moussa Sow, to name a few, who have plied their trade in the UAE.
Nasri, capped 41 times by France, scored five goals, in his international career from 2007 to 2013. He began his club career at French side Marseille before switching to Premier League club Arsenal, where he made 86 appearances. He had six seasons with Manchester City, with the last year spent on loan with Spanish side Sevilla.
Nasri then joined Turkish club Antalyaspor before moving to West Ham United.

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