According to a recent report from The Daily Mail, Everton are interested in luring Samir Nasri back to the Premier League. The 31-year-old is currently without a club after leaving Turkish outfit Antalyaspor back in January, but with his current drugs ban set to end next month, the ex-Arsenal and Manchester City midfielder will then be allowed to start training with clubs.
And reports suggest that Marco Silva’s Everton are one side keen on signing the Frenchman in the near future, but with reports underlining that the future of Juan Mata is uncertain at Manchester United given his contract is up in the summer, he is the trophy-laden star the Toffees should seek to sign instead of Nasri.
Ultimately, while 31-year-old Nasri has produced arguably the best football of his career in the English top-flight, be it at Arsenal or City, that was some time ago now, with the former France international having since struggled for his best form.
The midfielder shone at the Emirates Stadium between 2008 and 2011 to thus earn a move north to City, for whom he then helped win two Premier League titles in 2012 and 2014, netting 11 times in the latter campaign to underline his importance to the Citizens.
But his struggles for form and regular football began even at the Etihad Stadium in managing just seven Premier League appearances in the 2015/16 campaign before being shipped out on loan to Sevilla the season after – thus, it has been a fair few years since Nasri has been at his best.
And after time out of the game due to a drugs ban, one wonders just how long it may take the Frenchman to get to the level required to make a difference in Silva’s Everton side – whereas no such doubts are had regarding Mata’s ability.
The Spain international has shone in the Premier League ever since his move to Chelsea back in 2011, winning the club’s Player of the Season award in 2012 and 2013, as well as making the Premier League’s Team of the Year in the latter campaign after netting 12 times in the league for Jose Mourinho’s men.
And while he hasn’t quite hit the same heights since his move to United back in 2014, he has still managed 41 goals and laid on 34 assists in 193 games for the Red Devils – thus, there is little doubting that he could be a huge asset to Everton boss Silva.
And with the midfielder’s contract up in the summer, the Toffees may well be able to strike a cut-price deal for the World Cup winner in January, in a move which would seriously bolster the Everton attacking ranks, at the same time send out a huge statement of intent to the rest of the division.
Thus, with Mata having consistently produced the goods in the Premier League over many years, and the same simply unable to be said of free agent Nasri, the Toffees should forget about the latter, and instead seek to land the former.
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