Belfast Telegraph

Nasri ends City frustration with Turkey switch

By Carl Markham

Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has joined Turkish club Antalyaspor on a two-year contract.

The permanent deal, which is subject to international clearance, brings an end to Nasri's six-year stay at the Etihad Stadium.

The 30-year-old France international joined from Arsenal for £25m in 2011 and he made a total of 176 appearances and scored 27 goals.

Nasri won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and two League Cups during his time at City.

But Pep Guardiola's arrival saw him sent out on loan and he spent last season at Spanish club Sevilla, where he made 30 appearances and scored three goals.

"Our club has signed a two-year contract with midfielder Samir Nasri in concluding an agreement with Manchester City," said a statement on the official Antalyaspor website.

Antalyaspor have Samuel Eto'o in their ranks and have signed Jeremy Menez and Johan Djourou, both former team-mates of Nasri.

"Everybody at the club wishes Samir good luck in the next chapter of his career and would like to thank him for some fantastic memories," City said in a statement.

In other transfer news, Brighton have reached an agreement to sign Ghana striker Raphael Dwamena from FC Zurich.

The 21-year-old, who had been rated at around £8m - although the fee was not disclosed by the Premier League club in confirmation of the deal yesterday evening - moves on after only seven months in Switzerland, having joined Zurich from Red Bull Salzburg in January.

A statement read: "Brighton & Hove Albion can confirm that the club has reached agreement with FC Zurich for the permanent transfer of Ghanaian international, Raphael Dwamena, subject to work permit and international clearance.

"The 21-year-old striker has also agreed personal terms with the club and is now awaiting clearance to travel to the UK for his medical."

And Swansea have had a bid accepted for Hull midfielder Sam Clucas and expect the transfer to be completed within the next 48 hours.

The Belfast Telegraph understands the deal is worth £15m with another potential £1.5m in add-ons.

Swansea targeted Clucas following the club-record sale of Gylfi Sigurdsson to Everton last week for a fee around the £45m mark.

Clucas is expected to agree personal terms and have a medical in south Wales tomorrow afternoon following Swansea's Carabao Cup tie at MK Dons tonight.

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