LONDON (AP) – Arsenal agreed to sell Samir Nasri to Manchester City on Tuesday, paving the way for the midfielder to join an expensively assembled squad already filled with attacking talent.
The 24-year-old France international was due to travel to Manchester for a medical examination on Tuesday, Arsenal said before the north London team flew to Italy for a Champions League playoff against Udinese.
Arsenal was compelled to sell Nasri because he turned down a new contract and could have left on a free transfer next year when his most recent deal expired.
Arsenal is reported to be receiving 24 million pounds ($40 million) from City.
The attacking midfielder, who can play centrally or on either wing, scored 27 goals in 124 appearances since joining Arsenal from Marseille in July 2008. Despite Arsenal's failure to seriously challenge for the English league title, last season was Nasri's most productive with 15 goals - 10 in the Premier League.