Arsenal Star About To Agree £9m Switch To Sporting Lisbon

Emirates hit-man on his way to Portugal.

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Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner is on the verge of joining Sporting Lisbon in a £9million deal.

The 23 year-old has grown increasingly frustrated at his lack of first-team  opportunities and is looking for a fresh start.

The Denmark international was given special permission by manager Arsene Wenger to miss the pre-season training camp in Germany to ‘sort out his future’.

Bendtner has been spotted in Portugal and is expected to reach a formal agreement with Sporting over the weekend.

His replacement Gervinho, who signed for £11million from Lille earlier this month, is expected to make his home debut during the Emirates Cup.

But two stars likely to miss the tournament are captain Cesc Fabregas and winger Theo Walcott.

Fabregas is still a major target for Barcelona and has missed most of pre-season with a hamstring injury.

But the 24-0year-old has been training as normal over the last few weeks, meaning any absence could be a sign that a deal with Spanish giants is close.

Walcott was sent home early from Germany with an ankle complaint and could miss the beginning of the season.

But Wenger could also be bringing in more fresh faces with reports suggesting a deal for Valencia’s Juan Mata is close, and the Frenchman will make a renewed £13million bid for defender Phil Jagielka from Everton.

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