Transfer news: Arsenal 'in talks' with Malaga over swap deal for Nicklas Bendtner and Jesus Gamez

The Gunners are looking to sell the striker with Malaga interested in sending their club captain Gamez to the Emirates in return

Jack de Menezes
Tuesday 30 July 2013 13:23
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Nicklaus Bendtner could be going to Malaga in a swap deal that involves right-back Jesus Gamez
Nicklaus Bendtner could be going to Malaga in a swap deal that involves right-back Jesus Gamez

Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner could be on his way to Malaga with the Spanish club reportedly willing to complete a swap deal that will see captain Jesus Gamez make the move to the Emirates.

Bendtner had been close to sealing a move to Bundesliga club Hamburg, but talks broke down over the Danish international’s wage demands, and Hamburg called off the deal earlier this month.

It now seems that Malaga are leading the way to secure Bendtner’s signature, who spent last season on-loan at Juventus but made just 10 appearances and failed to score a single goal.

It is being reported by the Daily Mail that the Gunners have entered discussions over the deal, which would see the 28-year-old travel in the opposite direction having been at Malaga for 10 years.

Gamez still has three-years left on his contract, but Malaga are keen to add to their squad having seen big names such as Isco, Joaquin and Javier Saviola all leave the club this summer.

However, Arsenal’s rivals Tottenham could cause a spot of bother for the Gunners should they complete the signing of £26m-rated Roberto Soldado.

His current club Valencia are expected to increase their interest in Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud as a replacement for the Spaniard, and an offer could be in the pipeline for the hit-and-miss Frenchman.

Gervinho is also close to an exit, with an £8m move to Roma reportedly not far from being a done-deal. The Ivory Coast attacking midfielder has been inconsistent at best at the Emirates, with his highlight being a goal-scoring run early last season in which he netted five goals in as many games.

He failed to maintain his form though, scoring just two more goals in the remainder of the season, and it seems his time in north London has come to an end.

Both Gervinho (l) and Olivier Giroud (r) have seen their Arsenal futures come into question this week

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