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Tabloid report says Samir Nasri wants NYCFC move

Now on loan in Spain, the Frenchman isn’t part of Pep’s plans at Man City.

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TFW you remember it’s really always Silly Season.

Paul Hetherington of The Daily Star wrote over the weekend that Manchester City attacking man Samir Nasri, currently on loan at Sevilla, has offers on the table from China, but prefers a move to New York City FC.

Right, and I prefer a move to an apartment with more closet space and a kindly doorman named Elmer or Fenwick or Vern that’s just full of folksy one-liners.

On paper, Nasri would figure to be the kind of cat that could dump goals all over the place. He prefers coming up the left, but can man either wing, and presents a brilliant option at central attacking midfield for any number of MLS sides. His 2013-14 campaign was his best in the Etihad shirt, featuring seven goals and seven assists in 29 league games, plus a goal and five more assists in five Champions League appearances. All told, at age 29, he’s notionally at the top of his physical prime.

But we’ve got no reason to believe that Nasri-to-NYCFC is anything but another tabloid rumor. Three reasons for this:

  • Manchester City doesn’t owe Nasri anything outside of his current contract; he lacks the influence to name his destination straight away.
  • The Daily Star is a rag that prides itself on such values as anti-intellectualism.
  • Nasri is not a player that “moves the needle” in terms of excitement here in New York — which matters — and would likely take one of three massively valuable Designated Player spots. It’s unknown when any of those might become available.

Three years remain on Nasri’s contract at the Etihad Stadium. Nearly every notable European transfer player comes to MLS for free after their previous contract ends. Considering any transfer fee would count against the next year’s salary cap, plus the high wages Nasri would surely demand, this all doesn’t make much sense.

But China is nice this time of year, right? Isn't it? Actually, I have no idea.