Arsenal misfit Nicklas Bendtner's proposed move to the Bundesliga is being held up by some quite staggering wage demands, with Danish daily Ekstra Bladet reporting that the forward's agent has informed Frankfurt and Stuttgart that it will take a total package of €40m to land the striker this summer.
Bendtner is free to find a new club after seeing out the remainder of his Arsenal deal as a peripheral figure, much-maligned and reduced to a total of nine Premier League appearances in his final campaign thanks to a number of infamous off-field indiscretions.
The 26-year-old has attracted interest in Germany but needs to drop quite incredible salary expectations for a move to materialise, with his agent Tom Brooks receiving short shrift in efforts to tie up a deal worth €40m once total salary for the length of any deal plus a bumper signing-on fee are factored in.
Stuttgart have told Bendtner's representative they will stretch to a sum of €18m to provide a fresh option in attack alongside Vedad Ibisevic, but have so far failed to reach a compromise.
New Frankfurt boss Thomas Schaff is also very keen to sign a poacher with proven experience at international level, although his budget is considerably more modest than Stuttgart and only has room for a €15m once wages and bonuses are taken into account.
It now looks likely that Bendter will have to move down from a lofty salary expectation if he's serious about playing regular first-team football in the Bundesliga next season, with rumoured Premier League interest from Burnley and Hull City so far failing to produce any bids.
Either way Arsenal fans are definitely rid of a player who while clearly talented never really convinced that he was capable of rivalling Olivier Giroud or any other past striker for a starting spot, despite a healthy return of 47 goals in all competitions during six turbulent seasons.