Nicklas Bendtner is closing in on a move to the Costa Del Sol and the Spanish side Malaga, after talks with Eintracht Frankfurt have broken down reportedly due to the Dane’s high demands for wages and other personal terms.
Bendtner started off as a promising youngster who was rated highly in his native country, but a slow style of play and inconsistency too often cost him a place among Arsenal’s match day squads. Fans had taken to his attitude and self-confidence, and hoped his natural aerial ability would help him establish his place in the squad, but a lack of consistent performances was enough for Wenger to send the striker away on loan repeatedly, hoping that a new and improved Bendtner would return each time but sadly that never happened even with three year long loans.
The striker made his entry into the Arsenal youth academy in 2004, when his spell at the native club Kjøbenhavns Boldklub youth side was enough to convince Wenger of his abilities and potential for the future. Just after a year at the Arsenal youth setup, Bendtner was signed up to a professional contract in 2005. According to Yahoo! Eurosport, Arsenal are willing to take a knock down fee of around £2.6million fee for the Dane but there is a small matter of Bendter agreeing to a significantly reduced weekly wage at the Spanish club which could be an issue depending on how badly Bendtner wants to move to Malaga and hopefully get first team football. Along with some lengthy spells on the sidelines due to injury, one-year loan spells at Birmingham City, Sunderland and Juventus have dominated his playing time while signed at Arsenal, as Bendtner only started 99 Premier League matches for the Gunners, scoring 22 goals over the course of his 8 year spell.
Malaga have been playing attractive football and doing well in all competitions under old coach and new Manchester City boss, Manuel Pellegrini so it will be interesting to see how his replacement Bernhard Schuster gets on and if he is willing to give Bendtner another chance in the top flight in Spain assuming they can complete the deal.