Arsenal and Liverpool have been dealt a potentially huge transfer blow in their pursuit of striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.
The Dutch international has been heavily linked with a move away from Schalke in 2013, with his Bundesliga contract set to expire at the end of the current season.
And, whilst Huntelaar has been placed on the radar of the two Premier League clubs, agent Arnold Oosterveer is happy to admit that his client would be open to the possibility of playing for Inter Milan.
“He would not mind playing in Milan again – especially because Inter would give him the chance to show he is a great player,” said Oosterveer, according to Metro.
Huntelaar has enjoyed a previous spell at the San Siro, playing for AC Milan in the 2009-10 Serie ‘A’ campaign before moving to Germany.
Schalke have dismissed claims that they will sell the 29-year-old former Ajax forward in January, according to Metro, but would be open to bids in excess of £10 million.
Arsenal have been linked with the player for several weeks, with Arsene Wenger tipped to strengthen his forward line at the next available opportunity.
Gunners legend Thierry Henry is also being lined-up in a short term deal at the Emirates Stadium, according to The Evening Standard, although the Frenchman would likely have to return to New York in March for the start of the MLS season.
The addition of both players would add strength in an area of current weakness, with Olivier Giroud and Marouane Chamakh the only options up-front at Arsenal this season.
Liverpool also have a lack of options up-front, with Luis Suarez the only fit forward currently on the books at Anfield.
Injury to Fabio Borini and the loan exit of Andy Carroll have reduced manager Brendan Rodgers’ options dramatically, with Jonjo Shelvey even playing in the ‘false nine’ position when Suarez was suspended for the Reds last weekend.
Huntelaar would certainly provide Liverpool with another dynamic threat to match that of the Uruguayan, but there now appears to be a hurdle in the way of a move to Merseyside – or north London.