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Gunners in tricky pursuit of Dutchman

Huntelaar linked with Arsenal in complicated circumstances

By | 11th December 2012
Klaas Jan Huntelaar

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar could become Arsenal’s new Dutch striker and alleviate some of the pains that came with losing former captain Robin van Persie over the summer. However, for the Gunners to complete such a transfer, several complications need to be overcome.

For starters, it is being reported that the North London outfit is currently only willing to offer Schalke 04 a fee in the region of £5 million for the Netherlands international and despite the Bundesliga’s interest in negotiating with Arsenal, they are believed to be seeking more.

While Huntelaar’s expiring contract and a reported unwillingness to sign a new deal has prompted his current employers to hit the market seeking for a potential suitor in January, they are unlikely to be convinced into selling if they only recover a very small fraction of the player’s true value.

Huntelaar was on target in Schalke’s 2-0 win away to the Gunners in the Champions League towards the end of October and then scored again to secure a 2-2 draw for his team when the Premier League side was in Gelsenkirchen last month.

Furthermore, at the age of 29, he has already scored 258 career goals in 398 total appearances, winning trophies in Holland and Germany along the way.

At Schalke, he has scored at an incredible rate, netting 71 times in 102 appearances. Of those 71 goals, 21 have come during the club’s participation in European competitions over the last three years.

Therefore, given his ability to deliver in the Champions League, not only would Schalke seek a tranfer fee that justifies parting with him amid a strong run that has propelled them to the Round of 16 as group winners this season, but the player himself would need to accept sitting out the rest of the Champions League campaign if he becomes a Gunner.

Since he is cup-tied, Huntelaar won’t be able to suit up for Arsenal but despite the magnitude of this complication, some believe that the Gunners would be prepared to come to terms with the hurdle on their end.

After all, their biggest need for a strong front-line would arrive in January, when Gervinho’s participation in the African Cup of Nations and the potential sale of Marouane Chamakh creates a void.

The loan signing of Thierry Henry will improve the depth but the uncertainty around Theo Walcott’s future means that signing Huntelaar on a cut-price deal would be a huge bargain for a team that can certainly use some goals.

Of course, Schalke may decide to keep Huntelaar for the rest of the season if that ends up being the best alternative for all parties involved but if the Dutchman does reappear on the market as a free agent in the summer, Arsenal may face an uphill battle signing him due to their rigid salary thresholds.

Should Arsenal sign Klaas-Jan Huntelaar in January despite all aforementioned complications? Have your say below!



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  1. I believe arsenal can still make it.

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