Manchester City are ready to slash Samir Nasri’s £16m asking price because of a lack of interest.
The French ace has been on loan at Spanish giants Sevilla this season, who are looking likely not to take up their permanent option to buy him.
And others clubs from across Europe are being out off by his high fee and hefty £150,000-a-week wages.
His former club Marseille have shown an interest, but no offer has been received and City want him off their books.
It is understood the 29-year-old does not want to return to Manchester and Pep Guardiola does not have him in his plans for the future.
He is thought to be keen on a move back to La Liga, but could be open to a switch to another Premier League side if the right offer comes in.
City do not want to loan him out for another season, and with his deal running out in 2019, they want to cash in.
An Etihad source said: “Nobody is really looking at him at present. The fee is too high for most and could be cut.
“Sevilla have an option on him but interest has waned and other clubs are being put off by his high wage demands.
“Nothing concrete is on the horizon and he is not getting any younger. He turns 30 in a fortnight and is getting to that stage of his career.
“Samir does not want to come back here as he enjoy his time in Spain last season. It would have to be a top club in England to get him to stay.”
SunSport understands Nasri could be used in a potential makeweight if they pursue other targets around Europe.
If not, Etihad chiefs may be forced into cutting his asking price to around £12m, which should attract suitors.