Despite seemingly being on the brink of an Arsenal exit throughout the whole summer so far, Nicklas Bendtner resolutely remains on the books at the Emirates, to the chagrin of many Gunners’ fans.
However, the Danish striker might finally be about to leave, and Arsenal might be able to bring in Malaga defender Jesus Gamez as part of a deal for Bendtner.
The 28-year-old right-back has spent 10 years at Malaga, and has three years left on his contract at the Spanish club. But having lost Javier Saviola, Isco and Joaquin already this summer, Malaga are keen to add some attacking resources to their squad, and could be tempted to include Gamez in a move for Bendtner.
Arsene Wenger could be targeting Gamez to compete with Bacary Sagna and Carl Jenkinson for the right-back slot in his side, especially with the French defender’s future at the Emirates still somewhat unresolved.
Both Sagna and Jenkinson might also be required to cover the centre-back positions, with Wenger using the French player in that role at times last season, and keen to add depth to his squad after Thomas Vermaelen was ruled out for three months with a back injury.
Adding Gamez would allow either player to move inside whilst maintaining a solid presence at right-back, and it could prove that the 28-year-old makes the spot his own regardless of the competition from Jenkinson and Sagna.
Although he does not have the attacking flair the pair have shown in the past, Gamez is a fine defender, and could work well in a back four that also includes his former Malaga team-mate Nacho Monreal.
Bendtner’s wage demands will still be an impediment to any possible deal, with one or two proposed moves for the Dane already apparently being scuppered by his expectations this summer, but having Arsenal keen to bring in Gamez might help in putting some pressure on the striker to agree a move.
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