Samir Nasri is understood to be closing in on a season-long loan move away from Manchester City to Super Lig side, Besiktas
With Kelechi Iheanacho emerging as the firm favourite to step in for Sergio Aguero whenever the need arises thus resulting in dwindling playing time for Nasri since the start of the season, the French striker is ready to take the challenge elsewhere and Turkey is the likely destination.
Nasri was a surprise inclusion in the City squad for the 3-1 victory against West Ham on Sunday given he had not been involved in any previous matches this season and was left out of the Blues’ list of eligible players for the Champions League play-off round.
It is understood that a Besiktas delegation will arrive in England on Monday and Nasri is expected to return to Turkey to seal a loan deal.
Nasri himself stated to the French media that a move is still possible.
The former Arsenal man refused to give any interviews to the British press over what he believes was unfair reporting of his exclusion from first-team training.
Though Nasri seems to have his mind made up on a move away, City boss, Pep Guardiola has distant himself of suggestions that he is frustrating the player out.
“It depends on the player but he can play,” he said, echoing his previous statements about Joe Hart and Yaya Toure, among others. “Samir arrived overweight but after one week, 10 days, it was fantastic how he trained, how he competes.
“His quality is on another level but it depends on him. If [he] wants to help us, wants to stay, wants to be part of something, it depends on him, not me.” the Spainard concluded.