Manchester City have ended one of the summer's long-running transfer sagas by completing the signing of midfielder Samir Nasri from Arsenal.
Nasri, 24, has signed a four-year contract at the Etihad Stadium after City forked out a fee thought to be around £24 million. The France international is in line to make his debut in Sunday's clash against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane, where he will wear the No. 19 shirt for Roberto Mancini's side.
For Mancini, the capture signals the end of a five-year pursuit of Nasri. He told the club's website: "He's a fantastic player because he has technique, he has mentality.
"I knew him when he played for Marseille. I followed him when I was at Inter and we wanted to take him five years ago. But I think in the last few years in the Premier League he's improved a lot. Now I think he's a top player."
Although Nasri featured in Arsenal's second Premier League game of the season - a 2-0 defeat at home to Liverpool - his exit has looked likely for months, as he refused to extend a contract that was due to expire in summer 2012.
Reports suggest he was offered £90,000-a-week to stay with the Gunners, but had his head turned by the promise of greater riches and a better chance of winning trophies in Manchester.
He joined Arsenal in 2008 from Marseille and, after two patchy seasons, was arguably their best player during 2010-11, scoring 15 goals and performing well enough to earn a spot in the Premier League Team of the Season.
Nasri becomes the second Arsenal player to quit the Emirates for City since May, following in the footsteps of Gael Clichy, who made the switch during July. The FA Cup winners have also brought in Sergio Aguero, Stefan Savic and Costel Pantilimon this summer as they prepare to embark on an inaugural season in the Champions League.
However, he has stopped short of guaranteeing he will make a purchase, adding the caveat that he has already signed Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Gervinho, both of whom can operate in Nasri's position on the left of a three-man attack.
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