There had been reports in the media lately linking Klaas-Jan Huntelaar with a £4 million move to the Premier League in January with both Liverpool and Arsenal hot on his trail, though speculation had been circulating that he had already agreed to sign for the Gunners. But that is not the case according to Schalke and they now say their player is not for sale.
Gunner’s boss Arsene Wenger and Reds chief Brendan Rodgers have both been linked with moves for the Dutch hitman in the New Year, but Schalke general manager Horst Heldt says Huntelaar is not going anywhere.
‘These stories are nothing more than rumours. As of today, I have not heard anything from any club,’ said Heldt in the Dutch press.
Arsenal are believed to be leading the race for Huntelaar, who has just over six months left on his contract with Schalke, and has previously failed to agree on an extension.
The Bundesliga club remains hopeful that the 29-year-old will renew, but with no further talks scheduled for the near future, a January transfer has been looking likely.
But with Schalke unwilling to part with the player, it would take a huge bid to tempt them into handing over a striker who has bagged 42 goals in 70 matches since his switch from AC Milan (The Metro)
Though there are many conflicting reports over the future of Huntelaar, the striker has clearly indicated his desire to leave and they can force him to stay until the end of the season, but you do not want an unhappy star at the club because it could upset the harmony of the whole squad.
So it would benefit all parties if they let the Dutchman go in January.