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Nicklas Bendtner claims transfer interest

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Stop me if you've heard this one before, but The Greatest Striker That Ever Lived claims he has interest from several teams, and could move in the next fortnight.

Nicklas Bendtner in a nutshell
Nicklas Bendtner in a nutshell
Valerio Pennicino

Remember Nicklas Bendtner? The Danish striker with the near-delusional self-confidence and a donut problem? His year in Turin went poorly, as he failed to score even once for Juventus, and spent the year either hurt or trying to operate a motor vehicle while drunk. So it was truly a "horrible season," as Bendtner himself put it.

Despite the fact that he hasn't scored in over a year now, the Dane claims (via Football Italia) that he has serious interest from several teams, and that Arsenal have shockingly agreed to let him leave on a more permanent basis.

Playing football is what I love more than anything else in the world. I am in talks with five or six clubs at the moment, so now I must make the right decision.

It will be a permanent transfer, as agreed with Arsenal. Now we have to work on the fee, but it will all be resolved soon and I hope to join the right club within a couple of weeks.

This is really good news for all parties involved, aside from the possible exception of the club he ends up moving to. Bendtner has always had talent and confidence - for God's sake, the man once scored a 10 on a confidence test that was on a scale of 1-9, and that actually happened - but for whatever reason, has never been able to combine the two into anything other than kind of looking like Ted from How I Met Your Mother.

Moving him, particularly if there's a fee involved, would be more financial good news for Arsenal. Bendtner is on something in the neighborhood of £50,000/week, which I think we all agree is money that could be more effectively used elsewhere. Add in any possible fee, and that's a good amount of money to play with that was basically inert before.

Sky Sports claims interest from Turkish outfit Besiktas, which would make some sense - they're a pretty good team in a good and rising league, and Bendtner is likely to be available for less than he's theoretically worth. They also say that clubs in France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Portugal are interested, but name no names.

Based on the past, though, I wouldn't hold my breath too much. TGSTEL and his camp have said things like this in basically every window for the past two years or so, and mysteriously these teams with burning-hot interest in Bendtner never seem to actually do anything about it. If the best we can do is another loan, that's fine - hopefully Bendtner can actually put himself in the shop window this time instead of being an ass. If Arsenal can actually sell him, then that's just icing on the cake. But I would be shocked, no matter what happens, if Bendtner ever played for Arsenal again.