Sir Alex Ferguson believes Samir Nasri has decided to leave Arsenal, but the France midfielder will not be joining Manchester United.Nasri, 24, has one year left on his contract and is reportedly reluctant to sign a new deal with the north London club.
He had been linked with a move to join English Premier League champions United, but Ferguson – speaking on arrival at his team’s pre-season tour of the USA – indicated that Nasri would not be arriving at Old Trafford.
“I don’t think he is coming to United,” Ferguson said.
“That is all I can tell you. I think that he has agreed to go somewhere else.”
Nasri has also been the subject of speculation linking him with a move to Manchester City.
Another possibility is that Wenger may opt not to sell Nasri, allowing him to leave for nothing when his contract expires at the end of the 2011/12 campaign.
If so, they would receive no return on a player who cost a reported fee of 12 million pounds in July 2008.
Ferguson agreed that it was a course of action open to Wenger, but said it would be unlikely to please the Arsenal hierarchy.
“That is his decision,” Ferguson.
“He is the manager. If he stands by that decision, it is a brave one.”
“I don’t know if the (Arsenal) directors will enjoy that one, but it is possible. Maybe he (Nasri) will have to stay.”