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Come and get me, Arsenal star Samir Nasri tells Manchester United

By David McNeill

Samir Nasri has infuriated Arsenal by refusing to dismiss a move to Manchester United.

The midfielder issued what amounts to a ‘come and get me plea’ to United manager Sir Alex Ferguson with his comments in a French TV interview.

His stance echoes that of Spurs star Luka Modric, who last week dropped more than a few broad hints about a possible switch to Old Trafford.

And Aston Villa’s Ashley Young, who spared England’s blushes with a second half equaliser against Switzerland on Saturday, has also hinted he would welcome a move to United.

Young says he wants to test himself at the highest level — at the World Cup, the Europeans, and the Champions League — and United are favourites to sign him.

Nasri is coming into the final year of his contract at the Emirates and Arsene Wenger may be forced to cash-in rather than lose him for nothing next summer.

The Arsenal manager insists his French international will not be joining United — but unless Nasri commits himself to a new deal soon, Arsenal may have to let him leave the club.

Nasri, on international duty ahead of France’s Euro 2012 qualifier with Poland, said on TF1: “I don't know if I will sign a new contract. Do I want to go to Man United? First, we should see if it's real and if it is concrete.”

Ferguson is determined to revamp United’s midfield. He wants Modric to replace the retired Paul Scholes, while Nasri is earmarked as a successor to Ryan Giggs.

Nasri’s international colleague Patrice Evra infuriated Arsenal fans ahead of United’s Champions League final with Barcelona when he claimed the Arsenal player would have to head to Old Trafford to fulfil his ambition for silverware.

Evra said: “Little prince, if you want to become king you know where you should go.

“Every year at Manchester is a guarantee of a title.

“I have been here five years and cannot keep count of the trophies I've won — 12? 13? 15?”

But Wenger remains determined not to lose one of his star players to Ferguson.

“One thing's for sure: we're not selling him to Manchester United,” he said. “Are we still in discussions with Nasri? Yes, but we are still in disagreement over the financial contract on offer, which we haven't settled.

“We are trying to extend his deal.”

Arsenal, who have Gaël Clichy in a similar position, had hoped to secure Nasri on a new five-year deal worth around £90,000 a week.

Both players' contracts expire in the summer of 2012 and Wenger is unwilling to allow them to leave for nothing under the Bosman ruling, as Mathieu Flamini did for Milan three years ago.

Nasri played in France's 1-1 draw in Belarus on Friday and is expected to feature in tomorrow’s friendly in Poland; talks will resume upon his return.

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