Report: Nicklas Bendtner linked with MLS expansion side Atlanta United FC

Wolfsburg's Nicklas Bendtner on the bench

The ex-Arsenal striker is currently a free agent after being released by Wolfsburg in April.

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Former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner could become MLS expansion side Atlanta United FC’s first major signing, according to Univision.

The 28-year-old Dane is currently a free agent after being released by Wolfsburg over a year early in late April following a troubled season, and Atlanta technical director Carlos Bocanegra is reported to have since made contact with his representatives about a potential move to the USA.

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Bendtner originally joined Wolfsburg in August 2014 on a three-year deal after his contract at Arsenal expired but failed to leave his noted off-field problems behind him during his two seasons with the Bundesliga side.

The Denmark international was banned from the team's training ground a few weeks before his release for allegedly disrupting the dressing room harmony and was even labelled “a menace” by sporting director Klaus Allofs.

He failed to impress on the pitch as well, scoring just three goals in 31 league games (nine in 47 total appearances), and had not started a competitive match for the club for almost three months prior to his departure.

Wolfsburg's Nicklas Bendtner on the bench

He still holds a respectable record of 29 goals in 72 appearances for Denmark, including a hat-trick in a 3-2 win over the USA in March 2015, but he has not been called up to the squad since their hopes of making Euro 2016 were ended by a 4-3 aggregate defeat to Scandinavian rivals Sweden in November’s qualifying play-offs.

The once promising forward’s past flashes of brilliance suggest that he could prove a huge hit in MLS if can simply knuckle down, but Atlanta will likely have to risk paying him a Designated Player salary to make the move possible.

Despite his recent struggles, Univision’s report also notes that the Georgia-based outfit, who are expected to appoint their first-ever head coach in the coming months ahead of their inaugural 2017 season, are just one of a number of clubs chasing the polarising front man's signature.

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