Arsenal Transfer News: Nicklas Bendtner's Demands Make AC Milan Deal Unlikely
We'll get to his comments in a minute, but in case you've missed it—which is an accomplishment in its own right—the Mirror offers a glimpse of just how far the Bendtner to Milan rumors have progressed.
That above report is actually now a key piece of evidence suggesting this move will not happen. Here is that train of logic.
Bendtner spoke to Sporten.dk, and Ejder Akbal of Sky Sports was kind enough to translate that into a language I can read.
Bendtner revealed he had "three demands" that must be met before he would agree to a new home.
He wants "to play in the UEFA Champions League and be able to travel to London to visit his son without any hassle."
He "need[s] to be happy," and he added that money wasn't everything.
Then finally that he wants to be "playing regularly."
On the surface, this doesn't seem to rule out Milan.
He would have ample Champions League opportunities at AC Milan, and traveling to London certainly would not be a big deal, but hey, everyone has a different definition of hassle. Sometimes I call it a hassle when I have to get up to change the station on my TV when I can't find the remote.
Also, he should have an opportunity for ample playing time as AC MIlan have to replace the minutes created by Zlatan Ibrahimovic's departure.
So what about this precludes a move to Milan? Well, it is in something else that came out in the above linked conversation. Akbal notes "that he had already turned down a number of offers."
With the intensity of the rumors surrounding this move, it is reasonable to assume that they got close enough that this was one of the "turned down" offers.
Bendtner left himself plenty of wiggle room in his demands. Essentially, they just amount to him saying, "I will only go where I feel like going."
The fact that a deal with Milan and Bendtner has not been reached is evidence that the Italian side is not a place he feels like going.
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