Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner is all set to complete a move to Portuguese outfit Sporting Lisbon and thus end his time in England. Sporting had originally offered £7m but it is thought a bid of £9m was enough to seal the move.
Bendtner was spotted in Lisbon today presumably finalising the deal. Reports in Portugal suggest that Bendtner will be unveiled on Saturday prior to Sporting’s friendly with Valencia.
Despite Bendtner’s ridiculous self-belief, the Dane has failed to make any impact on the Arsenal team, with a goal-scoring record of worse than one in four games.
The news of Bendtner’s departure will come as relief to fans of several Premier League clubs who were loath to see the striker join their club. Everton, Newcastle and Aston Villa had all been linked with loan deals for the frontman – none of which were welcomed by supporters.
These moves were mere talk because Wenger had always favoured selling the Danish international rather than loaning him out, lest to a team in the same league. Despite holding out for £12m, Wenger will be satisfied with the fee received.
Bendtner’s fate was effectively sealed when Wenger swooped for Ivorian forward Gervinho.