Marseille president Pape Bouba Diouf has said that Samir Nasri’s transfer to Arsenal is close to being concluded.

Nasri had earlier this week said that the deal was complete for a figure believed to be 15.8 million but the players agent was quick to say this was not true.

But Diouf now believes the deal to sign the highly-rated forward is close to being completed.

“After much negotiations with him and his representatives, we have reached an agreement which will see Samir join Arsenal,” he revealed.”

“Samir was very concretely approached by Arsenal, a club which was also sent to us.”

“So there are steps to be taken which are to establish a definitive agreement between the two clubs.”

“It is not yet done even if verbally, agreements have been completed.”

“There is indeed a strong likelihood that he plays at Arsenal next season, but until that agreement is formalised finally, we cannot talk of his departure.”

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