Arsenal fans can stop getting excited about the Dutch international striker, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, coming to the rescue in January, according to the general manager of his current club Schalke 04. The German team have failed to persuade the striker to sign a new deal and his contract finishes next summer. Despite that, Horst Heldt insists that there is no way the 29-year old will be heading to the Emirates at the start of next year.
“(Huntelaar leaving) is just a rumour and a fairytale. There is no truth to the rumours linking him to Arsenal.”
Don’t panic yet, Gooners, because Herr Heldt may not be the most reliable source of information on the subject. This is the man who stated categorically a few weeks ago that Arsenal were skint and so could not afford Huntelaar at any price. I am not saying he is wrong, but how on earth would he know? Arsenal’s financial reports would seem to suggest otherwise.
It is clear that Schalke do not want to lose Huntelaar, but the striker has decided to move on. With a transfer fee as small as £4 million being mentioned, I would not be surprised if the German club held on to their star striker until the summer. They are through to the next round of the Champions league and his presence could be worth a lot more to them than his fee.
If Arsenal want him in January, they may have to up the offer considerably. If not, we need somebody else because we are finding goals very hard to come by.