Deadline Day Transfer: Sevilla have signed Nasri on a season long loan

Manchester City have announced that Samir Nasri has joined Sevilla on a season-long loan.

The French midfielder was said to be close to a move to Turkish side Besiktas, but Sevilla were able to capture him ahead of the close of the transfer window.

Sevilla sporting director Monchi revealed that Nasri is a player they have "been chasing all summer", but that City had instead opted to hold onto him.

But the Europa League holders were able to complete a deal, with Nasri undertaking a medical on Tuesday.

Nasri will spend the remainder of the season at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, although the loan agreement does not feature an option for Sevilla to buy.

Playing their first season with coach Jorge Sampaoli at the helm, Sevilla have lost creative talents Ever Banega and Yevhen Konoplyanka to Inter and Schalke respectively, meaning Nasri will have a vital role in countering those losses as they return to Champions League action.

Los Rojiblancos have been drawn alongside Serie A champions Juventus, Lyon and Dinamo Zagreb in the group stage of Europe's premier club competition.

Nasri, 29, joined City from Arsenal in August 2011 and was a key member of the side that won that season's Premier League title – the club's first top-flight crown for 44 years.

After scoring to secure a home win over West Brom last season, Nasri suggested the incoming Pep Guardiola would be "lucky" to have him in his side, only for the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss to banish him from pre-season training with the first team due to being overweight.

The playmaker made his first appearance under Guardiola as City beat West Ham 3-1 to preserve their 100 per cent start in the Premier League, but he follows Joe Hart and Wilfried Bony in making a deadline-day loan exit as Guardiola streamlines his squad.