Arsenal Football Club has turned to Slaughter and May once again for the transfer of midfield player Samir Nasri to Manchester City.
The north London club hired corporate partner Andrew Jolly, the same lawyer it instructed to advise on captain Cesc Fàbregas’ move to Spanish side Barcelona, which was confirmed last week (16 August 2011).
Manchester City was advised in-house by legal counsel Nick Carter, who is part of a team headed by general counsel Simon Cliff, a former associate at Shearman & Sterling, one of the club’s main advisers.
While at the US firm, Cliff was seconded to Abu Dhabi United Group, the company owned by Sheikh Mansour, who acquired Manchester City in 2008, and joined the club in April 2009 (11 May 2009).
Reports of an agreement over the Nasri deal, thought to be worth £25m to Arsenal, emerged this afternoon.
Jolly, an Everton fan, has advised Arsenal on a raft of player transfers, including striker Thierry Henry’s move to Barcelona in 2007 and the transfer of Emmanuel Adebayor and Kolo Touré to Manchester City in 2009.