Arsenal about to strike transfer deal for Liverpool target Klass-Jan Huntelaar
Captivating news from North London has shaken the English football Community. Reports claim a potential deal is brewing up between Arsenal and Schalke for the transfer of striker Klass-Jan Huntelaar.
Arsenal insiders have confirmed this news as well. The Gunners are growing closer to agreeing a deal stunningly cheap £4 million deal for Klass-Jan Huntelaar. Rife speculation suggests Klass-Jan Huntelaar is on the brink of signing up for Arsenal.
Klass-Jan Huntelaar’s personal terms of his new contract and the transfer fee set by Schalke have reached Arsenal in its final form. The Arsenal brass seems to be prepared for the move, but interest from rivaling clubs could upset their progress.
The Dutchman happens to be in the final six months of his contract with Schalke. The 29-year-old Netherlands international handed in his transfer request earlier this year following interest from top notch clubs across Europe.
A long list of clubs approached Schalke with bids for Klass-Jan Huntelaar during the summer transfer window, but Schalke warded of all the interest due to the departure of world class striker Raul and fear of losing another coveted asset.
Klass-Jan Huntelaar has been in phenomenal form with Schalke since his misfiring spells at Real Madrid and AC Milan. The former Ajax forward has scored 71 goals in 102 appearances for Schalke.
The veteran’s rise in form has attracted interest from a number of English clubs this season. Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are leading the race to acquire his signature.
Liverpool have been after Klass-Jan Huntelaar for a year now. The Merseyside club, who fighting to bring back their glory days, were strongly linked with Klass-Jan Huntelaar till Arsenal swooped in with an offer.
The Anfield boss Brendan Rodgers was ready to offer Schalke as much as £10 million for Klass-Jan Huntelaar, but the Dutchman is more inclined towards a move to Arsenal as he will be guaranteed Champions League action there.
Football pundits see Klass-Jan Huntelaar moving to the English Premier League this winter, but their predictions about the club the Dutchman will choose are inconclusive. They believe that the intense competition at Arsenal could drive Klass-Jan Huntelaar to Liverpool.
Arsenal indeed has a long list of forwards in their squad. The likes of Gervinho, Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski, Oliver Giroud, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Marouane Chamakh are already fighting for more first team action, therefore Klass-Jan Huntelaar will have to join the line if he chooses Arsenal over Liverpool.