Bendtner on the verge of Juve loan signing

30 August 2012 05:18

Arsenal forward Nicklas Bendtner is on the verge of completing a loan move to Italian champions Juventus, it was reported Thursday.

ANSA news agency said the deal had yet to become official but that Juventus had "practically secured the services of Nicklas Bendtner".

It said: "The player will be loaned with the possibility of signing permanently for a fixed sum of 5 million euros."

The report added that Bendtner was "expected in Turin later Thursday and could undergo a medical on Friday".

Juventus's move to bring the Danish international to Turin comes less than 24 hours after their last-ditch attempt to sign Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov.

Berbatov had been expected in Italy, to sign for Fiorentina, on Wednesday after agreeing terms but did not show despite the Florence club paying for flights for the Bulgarian.

Fiorentina later hit out at Juventus for late interference in the deal, which has ultimately left Berbatov on the verge of signing for Fulham.

European football's governing body UEFA on Tuesday upheld a one-match suspension imposed on Bendtner for revealing the logo of an unauthorised sponsor at Euro 2012 in June.

The Denmark striker was fined 100,000 euros ($125,000) for revealing underpants bearing the name of Irish bookmaker Paddy Power after scoring in the 3-2 Group B defeat to Portugal in Lviv, Ukraine.

Source: AFP