- Oct 23, 2006
Nasri 'agrees Arsenal contract'
Arsenal have won the race to sign France midfielder Samir Nasri from Marseille.
The 20-year-old, who has been dubbed the new Zinedine Zidane, has reportedly agreed a four-year contract and will join after Euro 2008.
Nasri, who has made two appearances at this summer's European Championship, has spent the last four seasons with the French side.
He came to prominence in France's U-17 European Championship side in 2004.
The 20-year-old is believed to have a £13.5m buy-out clause in his contract.
Nasri joined Marseille as a nine-year-old and made his league debut during the 2004-2005 season.
Last season, Nasri, who can play on either wing, won the French first division's young player of the year crown and was voted Marseille's player of the year by fans.
This campaign he scored six goals in 30 games for the French outfit with the final strike in his tally coming in the 4-3 win over Strasbourg last weekend that helped secure Marseille's berth in next season's Champions League.
Nasri had appeared at various youth international levels for France before winning the first of seven senior caps in 2007, though he only came on as a substitute as Les Bleus exited Euro 2008.
The BBC's Football Correspondent Jonathan Legard said: "Arsene Wenger had hoped to complete the deal before Euro 2008 but now the official announcement will come after the tournament.
"He could be a replacement for Alexander Hleb whose future remains the subject of speculation."