Bendtner’s ridiculous bonus demands scupper Frankfurt move: Bundesliga side Frankfurt have pulled out of negotiations to sign Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner after the Dane requested a staggering £30,000 bonus for every point the club won. On top of a £40,000 basic wage, Bendtner could have trousered a massive £130,000 every time Frankfurt won a match. Unsurprisingly, the Mirror reports that the Germans have withdrawn from talks. Or rather they report a story that first appeared in Danish newspaper BT (which we’re now telling you third hand).
Paper Round’s view: Given Bendtner’s legendary self-belief and talent for making crazy headlines, this seems eminently plausible. Who else would make such an audacious demand, effectively backing himself to transform Frankfurt's fortunes and land himself a massive payday in the process/ The thing is, it’s not even as mad as you think. Frankfurt won 36 points last season. A repeat would have seen Bendtner land £1.08m in bonuses, taking his average weekly wage to just over £60,000 – only a small step up on his £52k/week deal at Arsenal and not an unusual sum for a player joining on a free transfer. And in order to match the £100k/week he reportedly wanted from Arsenal, Frankfurt would need to win every one of their 34 Bundesliga matches next season. But with Bendtner on board, anything's possible...
Meanwhile, this is what he’s been up to on Instagram:
Nicklas Bendtner's Instagram photo
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Manchester United back in for Di Maria: Louis van Gaal could land Real Madrid star Angel di Maria after the Real Madrid winger’s move to Paris Saint-Germain stalled. The transfer looked a done deal, but with PSG fretting over Financial Fair Play, the door has reopened for United to nab the £45m-rated Argentine, the Sun reports. When asked about the transfer, PSG boss Laurent Blanc said nothing was done, adding: “I'll leave you to speculate.” And the tabloids need no second invitation to do just that.
Paper Round’s view: United have developed a nasty habit for getting played in big transfers; led to believe they have a chance of landing a player it subsequently turns out had no intention of joining them – Cesc Fabregas and Toni Kroos to name two. And Di Maria looks like a third. He was exceptional for Real Madrid last season, and while James Rodriguez’s arrival means he is surplus to requirements, it’s not at all clear why he would swap the Champions League winners for a side not even in Europe. More likely Real are using the United link as a stick to hurry PSG along and get the deal done. Sorry United fans, it’s not going to happen.
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Arsenal eye Southampton’s Chambers: Ronald Koeman is set to lose another star from his Southampton squad, with Arsenal closing in on a £12m move for right-back Calum Chambers, the Daily Mail reports. Arsene Wenger has reportedly been impressed by the 19-year-old, whom he wants to compete for a first-team place with Mathieu Debuchy. Bacary Sagna has already left for Manchester City while Carl Jenkinson will be allowed to go, with West Ham reportedly interested. Southampton have already sold Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw this summer, while defender Dejan Lovren and midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin are also in demand.
Paper Round’s view: This strikes us as a strange move. Would Arsene Wenger spend £10m on a right-back, then another £12m on his back-up? We doubt it very much. If Wenger rated Chambers highly enough to pay that sort of money, he would back him with a first-team place – but that looks to belong to Debuchy. We can’t see it happening, and with Southampton already having received upwards of £50m in transfer fees this summer and set to recoup another £20m (see below) they’re in no hurry to sell yet another player. Especially considering...
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Liverpool set to tie up Lovren deal: One man seemingly certain to leave St Mary’s is Dejan Lovren, who is on the brink of becoming the most expensive defender in Liverpool’s history. It is widely reported that Lovren will switch Southampton for Merseyside in a £20m deal, just a year after joining for just £8.5m. He is set for his medical on Saturday. He will be the third Southampton player to join Liverpool this summer after Lambert and Lallana.
Paper Round’s view: This one has been on the cards for a while, with Brendan Rodgers finally set to get his man. While Lovren was excellent last season, Southampton are set to make a handsome profit on the 25-year-old and can have few qualms about the deal. Manager Ronald Koeman has already spent £20m on Graziano Pelle and Dusan Tadic, with Saints fans eager to see more arrivals.
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