By Andy Sambidge
Abu Dhabi-backed Premier League club poised to complete their latest big-money signing
Abu Dhabi-backed Manchester City are poised to complete another big money signing after agreeing terms for Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri.
The 24-year-old midfielder, who has spent three years with the Gunners, has been omitted from Arsenal's squad which flies to Udinese this afternoon and instead will travel north for a medical, Arsenal's official website said on Tuesday.
The move will be subject to Nasri passing a medical and formal registration processes, it added.
Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s investment in Manchester City is set to exceed $1bn after the club’s management has spent millions more boosting the FA Cup-winning squad.
Research by Arabian Business shows Sheikh Mansour has invested £339m ($545m) in new players for the squad, starting with the record £32.5m ($52.2m) signing of Brazilian player Robinho.
In addition to the reported £210m ($337m) Sheikh Mansour spent acquiring the club in September 2008; this brings the total investment so far by the Abu Dhabi businessman to $882m.
With around $300m rumoured to be left in the war chest for new players, the total investment is likely to easily top the $1bn mark before the end of the current transfer season.
Nasri will join Argentine striker Sergio Aguero as the club’s biggest signings during the summer.For all the latest sports news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.