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Mancini hopeful of swift resolution to Nasri saga

ESPN staff
August 12, 2011

Roberto Mancini has admitted Manchester City's pursuit of Arsenal star Samir Nasri has not been easy but hopes to complete a deal in the coming days.

Speculation continues to surround Nasri and his Arsenal future, and the midfielder is a doubt for the Gunners' opener against Newcastle on Saturday after suffering with an illness.

The pressure is on for City to complete a move for Nasri, after Arsenal Wenger named the player in the squad to face Udinese in their Champions League play-off. While Nasri is suspended for the first leg, if he were to feature for the Gunners on their trip to Italy, he would be ineligible to play for City in Europe as they prepare to make their debut in the competition.

Mancini admitted he would love to complete his squad before City's Premier League opener against Swansea on Monday, but he conceded a deal for Nasri was "not easy".

"I think the club is still working on this," he said when asked if City were in talks with Arsenal over a move for the France international. "It is not easy, but it is important that we can complete our team in the next days, in the next week.

"Monday is the start of the season and we have not completed our team. I hope we can do this very quickly because we need other players. The first game in the Premier League is really important and we play two games before the close of the market."

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