Arsenal risk losing out on Schalke’s Klaas-Jan Huntelaar this January after the Bundesliga side offered the striker a new contract, stating they will sell him if it isn’t signed.
Huntelaar is said to be top of Gunners manager, Arsene Wenger’s shopping list after impressing in Schalke’s recent UEFA Champions League campaign.
He has started all but one of Schalke’s 23 games this season, scoring nine goals, and caught the eye of fans on http://betting.betfair.com/football/champions-league/ during a superlative display against Arsenal where he scored in both ties.
So impressive was Huntelaar in those Champions League fixtures that Gunners fans in the betting world have implored the club to make a bid for the 29-year-old, which goes against Wenger’s policy of signing young talent.
Indeed, with just six months remaining on his contract, Wenger may risk the wait to sign him on a free transfer despite the face they desperately need a striker now.
The possibility of losing Huntelaar on a free has inspired Schalke’s board to offer him a new deal or they will sell him come January.
This leaves Wenger in a very difficult position. For if Huntelaar doesn’t sign a new contract, Schalke will want to shed him before he leaves on a free – a purchase Arsenal are unlikely to make because of his age.
Yet there is no time to wait and hope he is available on a free because some of Europe’s major clubs, including Liverpool, PSG, and Atletico Madrid, are also after the Dutch international.
Wenger’s only chance of capturing Huntelaar is therefore to spend money before the others do, something he is loath to do but will be pressured into over the coming month.
If not, Huntelaar will slip his grasp and join another European behemoth, leaving Arsenal in dire need of a goalscorer for the remainder of the season.
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