By Will Butcher
Turkish champions Besiktas have agreed a deal to sign Manchester City playmaker Samir Nasri, according to a Bleacher Report journalist.
The France international and former Arsenal player made just eight appearances in all competitions last season for City after a hamstring injury sustained in October 2015 sidelined him until March.
Bleacher Report football journalist Dean Jones revealed on his personal Twitter account that Besiktas have agreed a deal with City for the number eight and that the two clubs will share the cost of his wages.
Italian outlet Gazzetta Dello Sport reported the former Marseille man will have some work to do before making his debut, as Nasri returned to pre-season training ‘slightly overweight’.
French publication L’Equipe claimed earlier this month that Nasri was also interesting Serie A trio AC Milan, Inter Milan and Roma, as manager Pep Guardiola sees him as surplus to requirements.
But Besiktas have reportedly beaten the competition to sign Nasri, in what can be considered a major coup for the Turkish side.
Nasri is looking to mirror Mario Gomez, who rejuvenated his career with a year at the Vodafone Arena, which subsequently earned him a move to Bundesliga giants Wolfsburg.
Nasri, who has 41 caps to his name, joined Arsenal back in 2008 and spent three years at The Emirates, making 126 appearances for the Gunners in all competitions. The attacking midfielder chipped in 27 goals during his north London stay.
He subsequently earned a £24million move to City and still has three years remaining on his five-year contract.
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