Liverpool and Arsenal will finally get a chance to sign former Real Madrid striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar in January, as the Dutchman is up for sale.
According to the Daily Express the fact that Huntelaar’s current contract runs out next summer means Schalke are willing to listen to offers for his signature at the turn of the New Year, with as little as £3million deemed enough.
The journeyman forward has long been on the radar of both Arsenal and Liverpool, with the Gunners having seen an offer rejected as recently as this summer. Indeed it would appear that his club want to keep him, but their stance on the matter is outweighed by their insistence that they will not lose him for free, meaning a January sale is the most feasible outcome.
The 31-year-old has never played in the Premier League despite having impressed in Holland, Spain, Italy and Germany, but he remains a tidy asset, as was proven at this summer’s World Cup. It’s said that he desires a shot in England to end his high-profile playing career, meaning that Wenger and Rodgers stand a good chance of landing him.
Of course they won’t be alone, and Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino is also said to be a keen admirer of his talents, as is Galatasaray manager Cesare Prandelli. One would assume that Liverpool and Arsenal would be able to offer him more in terms of salary however, and so the two clubs have to rank as the favourites.
Arsenal or Liverpool?
Picking between those two on the other hand may prove difficult, particularly given that neither is looking exceptionally strong this campaign. Arsenal have looked mesmerising against some opposition but lacklustre against others, and recent injury woes mean that Wenger’s side’s fortunes are unlikely to drastically improve.
As far as Liverpool are concerned Rodgers has every reason to be anxious. The departure of Luis Suarez this summer appears to have hit them hard, with imports such as Mario Balotelli and Lazard Markovic having failed to settle in adequately.
There’s been calls for both teams to add to their respective strike forces, but it’s Arsenal who would need Huntelaar the most. Olivier Giroud’s claim for a first-team spot has been curtailed by injury, leaving Danny Welbeck as the only recognisable out and out forward.
The England international is good, but he’s not enough to guide them to a major trophy on his own. The experience of Huntelaar therefore could be an indispensable asset.