Samir Nasri could be a brilliant signing for Tottenham Hotspur but will the fans allow it?
Spurs are likely to finish in the top four this season, which means they are just as likely to tool up ahead of a second crack at the Champions League.
One such player who could do a job for the club, at his very best, is Samir Nasri of Manchester City. However, it could be one of the most unpopular transfers Daniel Levy ever sanctions as the club’s chairman.
Fresh reports and rumours have started to circulate that he could be available this summer for a fee of around £16 million as he doesn’t seem to have a future at Manchester City.
Nasri is not first choice at City and he doesn’t seem to fit in with the way Roberto Mancini seems to be taking the team so he could be available for a decent fee.
He has the calibre and experience of a player who is good enough to represent Tottenham but his Arsenal days have left a bitter taste in the mouths of many Spurs fans who would prefer to see him nowhere near White Hart Lane.
What Andre Villas-Boas would argue is that the club has two players in William Gallas and Emmanuel Adebayor who both have similar Arsenal histories and who have both been successful during their time at Spurs.
His arrival would depend on the future of key players who currently play in similar positions for the team such as Gylfi Sigurdsson and Clint Dempsey. There is even cause to suggest that Lewis Holtby is good enough to hold that role at the top of the midfield.
Where he could help Tottenham is his ability to slip the ball through a packed defence in the final third of the pitch but there doesn’t seem like any point in going after him while the club has two or three players who could easily do that job.
The only immediate reason Spurs may go after him is to use him on either wing in the absence of Gareth Bale who could leave the club this summer, or even to take pressure off him.
Nasri is tactically very good at being able to drag full backs out of position when he plays a slightly wider role in a side, which creates space for the full backs who are over lapping.
He would definitely add to the Tottenham squad in terms of experience and quality but while Spurs don’t absolutely need a player like him, Spurs fans would probably prefer to see him sitting in the stands at City and have a good laugh at his expense.
Tottenham fans, would you accept him?
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