Monday, 11th July, 2011

Nicklas Bendtner is moving closer to ending a six-year association with Arsenal by sealing a transfer away from the club.

The Gunners had been clear that they were looking for a fee in the region of £12M for the Danish international striker, but that stance appears to have softened with £9M offers from both Borussia Dortmund and Sporting Lisbon under serious consideration at the Emirates.

Bendtner was outspoken in his desire for either regular first team football or a transfer away from Arsenal last season, and it looks as though it is the latter which will materialise.

Several Bundesliga clubs tracked Bendtner throughout the previous campaign, including Bayern Munich and Hamburg, but only Dortmund have firmed up that interest with a concrete bid.

The Dane is thought to prefer a move to the Ruhr giants, although Sporting, determined to challenge for the Portuguese title next season, are putting a lucrative offer in front of the Arsenal man.

While Bendtner’s departure from the Emirates will not come as a surprise, it does add to a sense that the revolving door is in full swing at the club’s training base this summer. Arsene Wenger could also yet lose Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, while Manuel Almunia is speaking to Malaga and Atletico Madrid over a move back to Spain.

The imminent arrival of Gervinho from Lille however should boost morale amongst the Gunners’ faithful, while Wenger is also tracking Bolton Wanderers defender Gary Cahill.

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