Both Samir Nasri and Juan Mata have completed their respective moves to Manchester City and Chelsea.
Nasri had passed a medical on Tuesday at Eastlands and was officially revealed as a Man City player on Wednesday afternoon. The fee for the French international is believed to be in the region of £23 million. He has become Mancini’s fourth Summer signing and follows in the footsteps of Adebayor, Toure and Clichy in making the move from North London to Manchester. The 24 year old will wear the number 19 jersey at City and is likely to be involved in City’s game at Tottenham on Sunday. Nasri was born and played for Marseille before moving to England in 2008 and last season he scored 15 times for the Gunners. He was named French Player of the Year in 2010 and was also nominated for the 2011 PFA Player of the year. His form for Arsenal meant he became a vital player but with just one year left on his contract at the Emirates, interest from clubs began to be made public. It appeared that Nasri was going to stay at Arsenal for the season after the Gunners rejected a bid for him by Man United earlier in the Summer but City’s spending power and ability to pay high wages has meant Arsenal couldn’t keep hold of the talented midfielder and he now joins a whole host of very talented midfielders at the Ethiad Stadium.
Meanwhile, Spanish international and hot property, Juan Mata has completed his expected move to Chelsea from Valencia. The winger was linked throughout the Summer with a move away from Spain and after Valencia announced on Monday that they had agreed a fee with the Premier League side for Mata, then the move was all but sealed. New Chelsea boss, Andre Villas-Boas emphasised his need for a new creative midfielder and Mata provides that after it seems Chelsea will miss out on Luka Modric. The Spanish U21 winger has signed a 5 year deal with Chelsea and is available for Saturday’s game with Norwich after he trained with his new team mates in Cobham on Wednesday before being unveiled to the media.
Speaking to Chelsea’s website, the winger expressed his delight with the move.
‘Right from the first moment there have been good feelings all around me, training has been great and the players are a great group to train with.
‘Valencia was a big club anyway but I have left to join a bigger club and it is all about the opportunity to win trophies and I have that here.’
He scored 43 times in 179 appearances for the Spanish side and he is already a World Cup winner after being part of Spain’s squad in South Africa.
by Ryan Bailey, follow him on Twitter @ryanbaileysport