Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner may have once had very high opinions of himself; but they were not entirely shared by those around him.
It seems odd writing this now that a year ago I posed the cheeky question whether Arsenal could give the Dane yet another chance to prove himself at The Emirates. It was off the back of a European Championships where he looked more than dangerous for his country; before having his pants pulled down by FIFA that is (pun absolutely intended).
Instead Arsenal sent him on his way to Juventus; a club that did not want or in the end need him.
He scored zero goals as the Bianconeri had yet another great season under Antonio Conte.
Now he has returned from his loan spell as a man looking for a new club with a little more realism then the player who reeled off a list of fairly lofty expectations for his next club this time last year.
It seems to have worked; five teams have had bids accepted for the player according to the Danish press and the only team we know that has made an approach for the striker is Bundesliga outfit Eintracht Frankfurt.
Frankfurt had a great season last term; finishing sixth in the Bundesliga and therefore qualifying for the Europa League. The team itself is also historically a massive club; reaching the European Cup final in 1960 and winning the UEFA Cup in 1980.
So why wouldn’t Bendtner want to go there? Sounds perfect.
Done deal then? But wait… could Arsenal get more out of this deal then was first offered.
OK so Frankfurt’s star player Sebastian Rode may be out of bounds as he has agreed a move in principle to Bayern Munich.
But another Sebastian could be the perfect option. Not to be confused with the American author and documentarian; Sebastian Jung is the flying right-back currently starring for the team.
At just 23-years-old he is perfect for Arsenal and with Bacary Sagna’s contract expiring in 2014 and no progress in discussions over an extension The Gunners are soon going to have to bring in another right-back to the fold.
We are not for one minute suggesting this is a straight swap.
Jung is a player on the up while Bendtner’s stock has dipped dramatically after a controversial and injury ravaged season in Italy.
So The Gunners could turn the tables on Frankfurt; and put in a cheeky bid for Jung with Bendtner included as bait.
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