Nasri has refused to rule out a move to the Premier League champions and Ferdinand has praised the 23-year-old.
He said: "Samir Nasri is an excellent player who has a good technique and a huge amount of talent. And he scores goals.
"For me, he is one of the best players right now. I think he even won the title of best French football player at international level.
"The French have a history of good players here. Thierry Henry has been fantastic. Just like Cantona. And let's not forget Marcel Desailly."