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Arsenal keen on Marseille's Nasri

By Saj Chowdhury

Samir Nasri
Nasri has hinted he may be on the verge of leaving Marseille

Arsenal have been in contact with Marseille midfielder Samir Nasri with a view to signing the France international, BBC Sport understands.

The 20-year-old is believed to have a 13.5m buy-out clause in his contract, but it is not known whether Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has agreed a fee.

Nasri, who said he may have played his final game for the club, is renowned for his pace and dribbling skills.

He was named in France's provisional 30-man squad for Euro 2008 on Sunday.

Nasri joined Marseille as a nine-year-old and made his league debut during the 2004-2005 season.


Last season, Nasri, who can play on either wing, won the French first division's young player of the year crown and was voted Marseille's player of the year by fans.

This campaign he scored six goals in 30 games for the French outfit with the final strike in his tally coming in the 4-3 win over Strasbourg last weekend that helped secure Marseille's berth in next season's Champions League.

Nasri had appeared at various youth international levels for France before winning the first of seven senior caps in 2007.

see also
Arsenal hope to gain Vela permit
16 May 08 |  Arsenal
Adebayor dismisses exit rumours
09 May 08 |  Arsenal
Wenger laments Flamini departure
07 May 08 |  Arsenal
Flamini seals switch to AC Milan
05 May 08 |  Arsenal

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