The future of Nicklas Bendtner is an interesting story this summer. Arsenal have been handing out something of a cull at the club; including those released from the youth team the Gunners have allowed 19 players to leave and adding the loan spells of Johan Djourou and Francis Coquelin it is 21 players on the way out the exit door at The Emirates.
Bendtner is likely to make it 22 within the coming days with as many as five clubs reportedly in talks with club and player over a move for the player.
But the news out of the one team to go public with their interest has been mixed in recent days.
Eintracht Frankfurt had an excellent season following on from their promotion the year before and ended up qualifying for the Europa League. But with that in mind they need to add new players to the squad in order to fulfil their potential next season.
One area where they have been keen to make additions is in the striking area and Bendtner has been confirmed as a target.
A couple of days ago however the deal seemed dead; with Frankfurt’s chief Heribert Bruchhagen stating:
"Chances are slim that Nicklas Bendtner will be joining us. He is simply in a different salary class and even if we would be able to pay those wages, he cannot deceive our key players. We would just able to afford a Nicklas Bendtner salary inside our wages budget. I would think it is definitely unrealistic to believe Arsenal FC could be out to heavily subsidize this deal."
However reports in Germany continue to suggest a move could happen.
But if they really are trying to sign the controversial striker they have a funny way of showing it.
Bruchhagen was speaking yesterday about the deal; with Bild reporting that Frankfurt want to talk down Arsenal’s valuation of the striker; currently at €4 million.
And he suggested it should be lower; considering his goalscoring record…
"When has Bendtner actually scored the last goal?"
He has a point; the Dane has not scored a club goal since April 2012 for Sunderland against Bolton.
But we doubt Bendtner will be so pleased to read that statement.
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