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Emirates Stadium boss comes up with tempting offer for Bundesliga star.
Arsene Wenger has allowed Nicklas Bendtner to speak to Borusssia Dortmund this week, in the hope that the player can be used as a makeweight in a deal to bring Neve Subotic to the Emirates. If the terms are favourable to the newly-crowned Bundesliga champions, Wenger will offer £12m plus Bendtner for the centre-back.
Subotic has been instrumental in transforming Dortmund from mid-table draw specialists into one of the most exciting sides in Europe. He has attracted the attention of some of the biggest sides in the world including Inter Milan, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Chelsea.
SOURCE: Transfer Tavern
This doesn’t look like a bad offer and one that Borussia Dortmund would surely consider if it turned out that Neven Subotic was interested in making the move to the Emirates Stadium. The Serbian international had a great season last term, helping his side to the Bundesliga title, however the youngster may feel that his long term future would be best served with a move to Arsenal where he could help beef up a back line that was remarkably porous last term.
Arsene Wenger signed Laurent Koscielny and Sebastien Squillaci last summer and that resulted in the North London club conceding as many goals as in any other season under the French manager’s long reign, so safe to that was not a successful pair of signings.
Thomas Vermaelen when fully fit would of course be first choice, unless of course Wenger feels the Belgian could do a good job as defensive midfielder, a role he has played in before. Arsenal also have hugely improved Swiss international Johan Djourou to call upon but badly need to bring in further options at the back.
Wenger has been strongly linked with moves for Gary Cahill, Christopher Samba and Per Mertesacker but no deals have been struck and with pre-season under way the North London club needs to act fast.
Using Nicklas Bendtner as bait is a solid idea as Borussia Dortmund, and other Bundesliga sides, are reportedly interested in the big Dane, who Arsenal value at £12m. The 23 year old striker gets a fair bit of flak for his complete lack of modesty but on his day the Copenhagen born forward can be very effective and he has netted 43 goals in 79 starts, plus 77 sub appearances, and that’s not a bad record.
Wenger continues to fight to keep Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas at the club and would hope that the signing of new additions may help prevent either player leaving.