Sir Alex Ferguson has ruled out signing creative midfielder Samir Nasri from Arsenal.
Recent press speculation suggested United were fighting it out with a string of top European clubs, including crosstown rivals Manchester City, for Nasri's signature. But the Reds boss put an end to those stories at his press conference in Boston, an hour after Manchester United landed in the USA on Monday to begin a five-game, three-week pre-season tour.
When questioned about the supposed interest in Nasri, Sir Alex told the waiting media: "I don't think he's coming to United. That's all I can tell you. I think he's agreed to go somewhere else. Maybe he has to stay at Arsenal, also. That's a possibility."
Indeed, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is determined to hold onto the French midfielder and has even said he'd be prepared to let Nasri go next summer on a free transfer rather than sell him during the current window.
"That's a decision [Wenger] has made," Sir Alex said. "If he stands by that decision it's a brave one. I'm not sure the Arsenal directors will enjoy that one, but it's possible."
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