Celta Vigo target Bendtner

Nicklas Bendtner has emerged as a shock target for newly-promoted Celta Vigo, claims Marca.

Celta President Carlos Mourino is understood to be willing to invest heavily in a big name for his club’s return to La Primera after an absence of five years, although the €7m fee Bendtner could command may well be out of his reach.

The 24-year-old Arsenal striker has been linked with Milan, Galatasaray and Malaga in recent weeks, despite the Gunners having sent the Danish international on a season-long to Sunderland last term, and his exit from the Emirates Stadium appears to be only a matter of time.

Bendtner was signed by Arsene Wenger from FC Copenhagen’s feeder club Kjebenhavns Boldklub at the age of 16, yet his 22 goals in 98 League appearances have not been enough to convince the Arsenal boss he has been worthy of an extended run in the side since his debut season in 2007-08.

While Bendtner is primarily a frontman, he can also play behind a main striker and has even had a spell out wide, and with Celta boss Paco Herrera in need of a recognised goalscorer he could well make a move for him if plans to bring Real Betis’ Jonathan Pereira to Balaidos do not bear fruition.

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