Reports this week in his native France claimed the Citizens are out of ideas on how to sell the midfielder, whose £14m price-tag has failed to attract serious bidders, and they are now willing to tear up the final two years left on his £170,000 per week contract.
Etihad bosses, however, have dismissed the suggestion out of hand and, although willing to be flexible over their valuation, won't consider letting the 30-year-old walk away for nothing.
Turkish club Antalyaspor have come forward and there is some hope the Super Lig side can at least get close to bankrolling some of the huge numbers involved.
Nasri spent last year on loan in Spain at Sevilla, but City don't really want to farm the Frenchman out once again unless it now comes with a cast-iron agreement to buy next year.
The former Arsenal man is desperate to leave and has already been told he needs to "play his part" in now helping to bring the curtain down once and for all on his City career, which yielded two Premier League titles.