In news that will shock nobody, Eintracht Frankfurt have officially given up on signing Nicklas Bendtner.
In a statement on their website, they said:
Eintracht Frankfurt will not pursue the transfer of Danish striker Nicklas Bendtner of Arsenal FC. Despite very positive efforts of all parties involved the club decided against the transfer after weighing up all pros and cons.
SGE Sporting Director Bruno Hübner: “We would like to thank Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger especially for the positive negotiations and good collaboration. All three parties showed great willingness to make it happen, but after all it did not come together in the end.”
Quite where that leaves Bendtner, we don’t know. Except it means he’s still an Arsenal player and yet another potential destination has gone.
Frankfurt admitted that it was a financial issue, but even with Arsenal willing to subsidise his first year’s salary, no agreement could be found.
Ultimately, it’s hard not to think this is due to Bendtner’s unwillingness to compromise on what he’d be paid by any new club. What odds on yet another deadline day loan move to a club that doesn’t really want him?
We wouldn’t bet against it.