By Jamie Sanderson
Juventus are closing in on a deal for Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner after he accepted a move to the Serie A Champions.
Bendtner has been told he is free to quit Arsenal for just £5 million this summer, having failed to rejuvenate his stalling career during a loan spell at Sunderland last season.
The 24-year-old has no shortage of interest from Italy, and he dispatched agent Tom Brookes to Milan yesterday to negotiate, after receiving offers from several Serie A clubs.
AC Milan, Inter Milan, Genoa and Siena were all said to have made their interest known, but it’s champions Juventus who look to have landed the Denmark international, after agreeing terms with Bendtner this morning.
He is now expected in the country in the next few hours to finalise the transfer.
It is understood that Juventus are yet to formally reach an agreement with Arsenal, but talks are advancing on a one-year loan deal, with the option to buy.
Juventus would pay Arsenal £1 million to take Bendtner on a season-long loan, and will then have the option to sign him permanently for £5 million next summer.
The deal is just awaiting the green light from Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, who is also set to send the out-of-favour Park Chu-Young to Celta Vigo before tomorrow’s transfer deadline.