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Milan want Bendtner, prepared to offer Mexes in return

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Italian giants AC Milan are hell bent of landing Danish striker Nicklas Bendtner from Arsenal and could sweeten the deal by offering French international Philippe Mexes in exchange, reported Corriere dello Sport. The 30 year-old's future at Milan is unclear and he could be used as a makeweight to help the club land Arsenal misfit Bendtner.

The defender has battled with injury and poor form last season and depsite the departures of Alessandro Nesta and Thiago Silva, the Rossoneri are reportedly planning to get rid of Mexes too. French coach Didier Deschamps also speculated that the Frenchman could be facing the end of his Milan career.

"I know Philippe well and he is part of the wider France squad," said Deschamps. "What is happening to him? I don't know if he will leave Milan, as there is a particular situation going on with his club."

Ibrahimovic has also left the club without a lead striker, moving to PSG and the Danish international is just the kind of player Milan are looking for. This particular exchange could be the best alternative for Milan who will land the Arsenal reject at a bargain while offloading the ageing defender.

With just one year left on his contract, Milan could force Mexes out of the San Siro this summer. Arsene Wenger has been linked with Mexes in the past, but at 30, it will be interesting to see if the Gunners boss is prepared to make the player an offer, especially considering his famed policy of only offering one-year contracts to player who pass the magic age.

However with Arsenal a little light weight in defence, they make seriously consider the option of signing an experienced head, but would need to get rid of Sebastien Squillaci and Johan Djourou to make place in their squad.