Arsenal offer Bendtner to Malaga as part of Gamez bid

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has offered Nicklas Bendtner to La Liga side Malaga, the Daily Express has reported, but only as part of an offer for right-back Jesus Gamez.

Bendtner was linked with a move to southern Spain earlier in the summer but it is believed his wage demands led to the transfer’s collapse. But it is Wenger who has revived the prospect of the transfer after deciding on Gamez as the player he wants to bolster his defence.

Gamez has been at Malaga for his entire career and is currently the club’s vice-captain. Should he move to the Emirates Stadium, the 28-year-old will be reunited with some familiar faces – former Malaga pair Santi Cazorla and Nacho Monreal have made the move to north London in the last 12 months.

Malaga Coach Bernd Schuster has confirmed both that he wants to sign a striker this summer and that Bendtner has been a target, but he could not say if the deal would go through. “An agreement with Bendtner has so far been impossible. For him, he wanted to continue on a very high salary, where our focus has been more on getting him back to his top level,” Schuster revealed. He added: “We still need a striker, but who it is and whether it can be done, I cannot say anything about right now.

If Malaga consent to including Gamez in the transfer, the newspaper adds, Arsenal will continue to pay half of Bendtner’s wages in an effort to make the move financially viable for Malaga. The Gunners are ready to offer £1.5m and the Denmark international for Gamez.

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