Having Premier League giants Manchester City as a sister club may prove fruitful for New York City Football Club yet again in the near future. NYCFC may have the opportunity to acquire Samir Nasri on loan for Manchester City in the near future.
In an interview with Sky Sports, Nasri stated his interest in playing Major League Soccer in the future.
“Going back to France? I don’t think so. I’d like to play in MLS because I love the culture in America. Coaching? Why not? I’m going to start to take my badges soon so that when I finish I can look forward straight away.
Nasri spoke of this as if he was looking into the future as he seems committed to helping Manchester City hoist a Premier League trophy next season, according to the Manchester Evening News, after failing to make a significant impact last season due to injuries and fitness issues.
While Nasri may not want to leave Manchester City, it may not be his choice. Manchester City is planning for a massive transfer window, already submitting a $63.5 million bid for Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling, and setting their sights on Juventus star midfielder Paul Pogba.
A loan deal to NYCFC could make sense for both clubs as Nasri would become a top player in the MLS, and Manchester City will shed his wages off of their books. What would also make this deal so great is Nasri would not qualify as a designated player due to the fact he would be on loan.
Nasri currently has four years left on his contract and is only 27-years-old, the prime age for a midfielder. On the field, Nasri is versatile and can line up as a winger, an attacking midfielder and in some situations as a central midfielder, however he is weak defensively so central midfield is not ideal.
According to WhoScored.com, the Frenchman was strongest while playing as a central attacking midfielder. In three games playing that role, Nasri contributed one goal and two assists and posted a strong 7.91 match rating. Last season in Premier League action Nasri totaled two goals and six assists 18 appearances, many of those coming on as a substitute.
During the 2013-14 Premier League season Nasri excelled totaling seven goals and seven assists while posting an average match rating of 7.34 and a 91.2% pass accuracy.
A loan deal for Nasri could revive his career after a recent bout of poor form. While this move will likely not happen during the upcoming transfer window, don’t be surprised if Nasri is suiting up for NYCFC in the not so distant future.