Premier League clubs like Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham will have the chance to sign former Real Madrid striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar for a meagre sum of £3million this January.
The Holland international is out of contract at the end of the season. Schalke are keen on keeping the Dutch international, but by the present looks of it, it seems unlikely that the 31 year old will pen a new deal with the Bundesliga outfit.
Huntelaar was the subject of a failed bid from Arsenal during the summer transfer window and Liverpool too, were linked with the player before they went and bought 24 year old Mario Balotelli from AC Milan. Spurs are also said to be in on him as they too need to add to their strike department which doesn’t seem to be doing too well at the moment.
However, both the clubs are now rumored to be preparing bids for him as the two clubs have not got off to fantastic starts and could be boosted with a player like ‘Hunter’.
The 31-year-old has never played in the Premier League despite having impressed in Holland, Spain, Italy and Germany, but as shown by his impactful performances in the World Cup, the player remains a great asset to the team. His work rate, pace and sheer determination is enough to have a lot of sides interested in him and he could prove to be a great addition to the side that does get him. It is being reported that the player is keen on ending his career in the Premier League which means that Wenger, Rodgers and Pochettino have a good shot at landing him.
Speaking last month he spoke about the English Premier League: “It’s a nice league and you never know what could happen. My mind is now on Schalke. I have a contract until the end of the season, maybe we’re going to talk someday.”
Huntelaar has previously plied his trade for Dutch sides PSV, De Graafschap, AGOVV Apeldoorn, Heerenveen and Ajax. He was bought by La Liga giants Real Madrid for an initial fee thought to be worth €20 million potentially rising to €27 million. He stayed with the club for just half a season and was sold to Serie A club AC Milan for a reported €15 million. After just one season, he was sold to Bundesliga side Schalke 04 where he is now in his fifth year. He was the top-goalscorer in the 2011–12 Bundesliga with 29 league goals. He has 35 goals in 65 appearances for the Netherlands.
Arsenal signed Danny Welbeck in the summer and the player has got off to a tidy start so far. However, injuries to Olivier Giroud and Yaya Sanogo means that the Gunners have not been adept in the strike department. Liverpool have seen Daniel Sturridge be out for a month and in his absence Mario Balotelli (mostly), Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini have failed to provide any sort of inspiration in front of goal. Tottenham’s meek strike department comprises Roberto Soldado, Emmanuel Adebayor and youngster Harry Kane. Therefore, any of the three sides would be boosted with his addition. He might find the most game-time at Spurs. With the £3million fee in question, any of the three ‘desparate sides’ would be more than happy to take on the Dutch international