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Daily transfer roundup (Friday, June19)

MLS Rumours

Manchester City‘s Samir Nasri has reiterated his desire to play in Major League Soccer but for the meantime he is focused on regaining the Premier League title. (REPORT)

Franz Beckenbauer has urged Manchester United target, Bastian Schweinsteiger to ignore their interest as he would be better suited to a MLS move in the near future. (REPORT)

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Premier League Rumours

Manchester United have agreed a £13.1m fee for Hoffenheim midfielder Roberto Firmino and are negotiating personal terms for the highly sought after 23-year-old Brazilian. (REPORT)

Liverpool are closing in on a £15m move for out of favour Real Madrid man, Asier Illarramendi. The midfielder has had minimal playing time since joining the Spanish giants. (REPORT)

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Arsenal are close to signing Petr Cech after agreeing terms with the 33-year-old ‘keeper who wanted assurances that he would be Arsene Wenger‘s number one. (REPORT)

Done Deals

Tottenham Hotspur have completed the signing of Burnley‘s Kieran Trippier on a five-year deal. (REPORT)

Derby County have signed West Bromwich Albion midfielder Chris Baird on a two-year deal. (REPORT)

Gael Kakuta has left Chelsea for Sevilla on a free transfer after his contract expired. The Frenchman played just 16 times for the club and had six different loan spells. (REPORT)



Manchester City star reiterates desire to move to MLS

Manchester City playmaker Samir Nasri has again commented on where he could play before his career comes to an end, and has once again talked up a possible MLS move.

The Frenchman, who signed a huge five-year contract last summer, is preparing for preseason training with City after missing chunks of last season through injury.

But that hasn’t stopped him looking further ahead into the future. AS Roma have been linked with a move for the former Arsenal man in recent times but Nasri has his eyes set on Major League Soccer.

“Going back to France? I don’t think so. I’d like to play in MLS because I love the culture in America,” he told Sky Sports in an in-depth interview. “Coaching? Why not? I’m going to start to take my badges soon so that when I finish I can look forward straight away.”

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It’s not the first time the 27-year-old has gone out of his way to talk up a move stateside after admitting back in March that he would love to follow in Thierry Henry’s footsteps.

“I would like the MLS, like Thierry Henry. I love the lifestyle in the USA and everything about it.”

His immediate focus will be on City and trying to help them to regain their Premier League title that Chelsea stole away last term.

But Nasri clearly has one eye on MLS as a future move stateside looks a real possibility.

Would Samir Nasri become one of Major League Soccer’s best players were he to move?

Inter Milan set sights on HUGE move for Manchester City trio

Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini is preparing a raid on his former club for Manchester City trio Yaya Toure, James Milner and Samir Nasri, according to the Daily Mail.

Mancini is planning to reshape his Inter side by signing the three midfielders he brought to City during his spell at the Premier League club.

James Milner is out of contract in the summer and has attracted interest from a number of clubs after a solid season and could favour a reunion with his former coach in Italy.

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Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri have not enjoyed the best of seasons and have failed to make their usual impact for the reigning champions.

Inter could hit a snag in their pursuit of Toure due to his high wages at a reported £200,000-a-week. Paris Saint-Germain are also interested in the Ivorian and a move to the mega rich French club could be a more likely destination, given their extra financial power.

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A move for Samir Nasri is also a possibility for PSG but Mancini will hope his connections with the player can lure him to Inter.

City’s squad has come under fire due to their below-par performances since the turn of the year and there could be major changes at the club over the summer as they are looking to get back on track.

If Mancini is to land all three of his former stars it would go some way to rebuilding his Inter squad who have struggled this season and are sitting 9th in Serie A.

Should Manchester City allow Yaya Toure, James Milner and Samir Nasri leave the club this summer?

Samir Nasri “would love” move to MLS to end his career

Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has revealed that he would like to make the move to Major League Soccer and follow in the footsteps of fellow Frenchman Thierry Henry by ending his career in the United States.

Nasri still has four years remaining on his current Manchester City deal as he signed a huge five-year contract extension at the end of last season, but he would prefer his next move to be to America rather than a return home to France.

“I would like to play MLS, not go back to France,” he is quoted as saying in the Daily Mail. “Maybe I would go back to Marseille but it would be too difficult – maybe impossible.

“I would like the MLS, like Thierry Henry. I love the lifestyle in the USA and everything about it.”

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Nasri will be 32 by the time his current contract with City comes to an end and could then make the switch to MLS. Manchester City part-own MLS Expansion franchise, New York City FC and so a move to the Big Apple could be a real possibility.

Frank Lampard will leave Manchester City for New York City FC at the end of the current Premier League season, while Thierry Henry also moved to New York but with the Red Bulls when he left Barcelona in 2010.

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Nasri has scored two goals with six assists in 20 Premier League appearances this season but has only played the full 90 minutes on five occasions this season.

The Frenchman shares the same agent as Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery, who has also been linked with a move to MLS in recent times, and the pair could both be plying their trade stateside before the end of the decade.

Would a move to MLS be good for Samir Nasri?

How important is James Milner to Manchester City?

There has been much talk of whether or not James Milner will get a new Manchester City contract and Lewis Addley explores his importance to the side…

James Milner has been enjoying some of the best form of his career and certainly his best performances for Manchester City in recent times.

Milner has featured 22 times in the Premier League so far this season and as well as scoring the important equalising goal against Hull City two weeks ago, he also netted in the 4-1 win at Stoke. He now has five goals in all competitions, including one in the Champions League.

His contract is due to expire at the end of this season and it isn’t clear yet whether or not it will be renewed, though Manuel Pellegrini has been quick to praise the 29-year-old midfielder already this season.

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“James is a very important player for our team. Knowing the way he thinks we will see the same Milner with a contract or without a contract. He is a great professional,” the City boss said.

The former Aston Villa and Newcastle man is a doubt for Manchester City’s game against the Magpies this weekend as well as their Champions League tie against Barcelona next Tuesday, and he will be missed in both of those games.

Milner is a tremendous utility player and can play as a right-back as well as numerous midfield positions. He can comfortably play on either wing, or even as the playmaker in behind the striker as he did so effectively at Stoke in the Citizens’ last game.

Milner covered more ground than any other player this season during that game as he ran an incredible 13.56km over the course of 90 minutes, deservedly picking up a goal and an assist for his efforts.

Numerous Premier League clubs would be interested in signing James Milner if he is to leave City in the summer and it would be a loss to the reigning champions as he is one of their most effective midfielders.

James Milner's Premier League stats compared to Manchester City's other attacking midfielders (stats via Squawka)

James Milner’s Premier League stats compared to Manchester City’s other attacking midfielders (stats via Squawka)

Pellegrini has opted to play Milner in a number of big games already this season and needs the England international back to fitness as they face the difficult task of clawing back the difference in the race for the title.

Milner will be required even more so next season as City will lose Frank Lampard this summer as he is set to make his MLS move to New York City FC in July, when his contract expires.

The performances of Milner have certainly shown his desire to earn a new contract and he has a lot to offer the City side. His tenacity and desire to work hard for his team makes Milner one of the most unsung heroes in this Manchester City side and they would likely struggle without him.

Is Milner too important for Manchester City to lose this summer?