Former Arsenal and Manchester City star Samir Nasri will complete his 18-month doping ban from football next month. The 31-year-old was banned due to taking an intravenous treatment in December 2016. The free agent is gearing up for a return to football.
Nasri took the treatment while on holiday for hydration. However, it was found to contain micronutrient components that were on the World Anti-Doping Agency banned list.
One Premier League team has been linked with the Frenchman and he could make a shocking return to the Premier League.
Could free agent Samir Nasri return to Premier League?
Nasri rose to prominence with Arsenal from 2008 to 2011. In three seasons with the Gunners, he was a key player for Arsene Wenger scoring 27 goals in 125 career matches.
In the summer 0f 2011, Nasri moved to Manchester City. Nasri played five seasons for Manchester City recording 26 goals in 170 matches in all competitions.
Surplus to Manuel Pellegrini’s requirements in 2016, Nasri was loaned to Sevilla. A year later he signed for Turkey’s Antalyaspor. In January of this year, Nasri mutually terminated his contract with the club before serving his ban.
Everton have been the English team linked to the free agent most in recent days. Although they have tried to distance themselves from the winger, it seems some type of contact has been made with Nasri.
It is believed Everton manager Marco Silva wants Nasri to join the club as a backup to star man Richarlison. Nasri can begin training with Everton in November, but he will need quite some time to get fit.
Nasri is a two-time Premier League winner with Manchester City. He would provide Everton with a wealth of experience and an attacking threat off of the bench.
Everton are currently 12th in the Premier League. Silva’s side has played well but was dealt several injuries in the opening weeks of the season. Just six points separate the Toffees from the top four.
Would free agent Samir Nasri be the right signing for Everton?