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Samir Nasri could beat Cesc Fabregas out of the Arsenal exit as Arsene Wenger faces losing his top two stars in the space of 48 hours.

While Barcelona are closing in on a deal to finally land Fabregas, it is understood that Nasri is on the brink of signing for mega-rich Manchester City.

City are confident they will land Nasri in a £22million deal by Friday – and Arsenal could have over £50m in the kitty by the weekend if Fabregas seals his proposed switch to Barcelona.

Although Wenger was initially hopeful of tempting Nasri to stay at the Emirates for the remaining year of his contract, he is now resigned to losing a fourth leading player to City.

Gael Clichy has already departed this summer in a £7m deal – joining Emmanuel Adebayor and Kolo Toure at the Etihad Stadium.

Nasri could be unveiled over the next 48 hours and may even make his City bow in their Barclays Premier League opener at home to Swansea on Monday evening.

Wenger will now spend the final three weeks of the summer transfer window desperately searching for reinforcements.

He is already in the hunt for a central defender – with Gary Cahill currently ahead of the Phil Jagielka on the hit list – but creative midfielders are now the priority.

Juan Mata is expected to join from Valencia, while Wenger is now believed to be lining up Shakhtar Donetsk’s Brazilian star Jadson.

Arsenal fans, who have put up with six seasons without a trophy, have only seen Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Gervinho arrive in major deals this summer.

Barcelona are certain they have finally succeeded in their long pursuit of Fabregas with a package worth around £31m.

Arsenal are still waiting to receive any such bid but the clamour from reliable Catalan sources suggested a verbal agreement was very close.

The latest bid for Fabregas is thought to be a £25.5m transfer fee plus £5.25m of add-ons, depending on the Arsenal captain’s success at the Nou Camp.

Fabregas has agreed to forgo £4.4m he is owed by Arsenal as a loyalty payment, which had been a sticking point in this summer’s negotiations.

Barcelona have included this sum in the transfer package, claiming it takes the total beyond the £35m asking price, but Arsenal see this as a payment saved, rather than part of the fee paid.

The clubs are deep in talks about the details, such as how much is to be paid up front. The Gunners want the £25.5m now but Barca are offering £18m with the rest to follow next year.

Arsenal appear to have accepted that Barcelona cannot greatly increase their bid by the end of the month, and that Fabregas is set on returning to the club he left eight years ago.

The 24-year-old has not played for Arsenal since a defeat at Bolton in April. Wenger was ready to name him in the squad for Tuesday’s Champions League play-off against Udinese, but the midfielder is well short of match fitness.

The latest move is set to bring an end to one of the longest-running transfer sagas and Fabregas could even be unveiled by the weekend.

Source: DailyMail

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