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.
In the last January transfer window, Chelsea offered around £18m for the defender, but it was rejected immediately. Undoubtedly, Dortmund would like to keep the Serbian international, however a key factor in the refusal to allow him to join Chelsea was the team’s high league position, seeing him as crucial to winning their first title in nine years.
With that under the belt, the board may be more willing to listen to offers for Subotic who himself is seeking a move abroad to further his career. Although competing with Dortmund in the Champions League is something Subotic would feel very proud to do, moving to a bigger and better team to go further in that competition is surely on his list on any player’s ambitions.
Arsenal have been linked with the player for as long as Chelsea, but with David Luiz being bought instead of Subotic last January, it seems the only thing stopping Wenger is his own reluctance when in comes to splashing the cash.
But with the Frenchman remaining so quiet in the press until this week, it is fair to conclude he has a few big deals lined up. Subotic, subject to co-operation on Dortmund’s part, will be the first of these.