Lewis Holtby is a German international with an English father who is one of Arsene Wenger’s top transfer targets for Arsenal. The 22-year old midfielder is out of contract with his German club Schalke at the end of the season, and so will be in a position to negotiate with other clubs about his free transfer in the summer. The other option will be for Schalke to sell him in January in order to recoup something for one of their star players.
With Liverpool and Arsenal believed to be the two Premier league clubs that have spoken to mhis agent, Holtby’s recent comments seem to tip the balance heavily towards North London. His father is an Everton fan and Holtby has previously stated that he became infected with the Everton bug, and knows it would hurt his father if he ever played for Liverpool.
“It will be a decision of the heart. I won’t play around with the club. The opportunities are there. My agent has received offers. I am waiting to make a decision.”
If it is a decision of the heart, you know that it won’t be Liverpool. After starring for Schalke in the Champions league, you can also be sure that he will not go to a club that is unlikely to qualify next season, and Arsenal have an unbeatable record at that. Holtby spoke to the BBC recently and his words, for me, remove any doubt that his next stop will be at the Emirates stadium.
“For me it was always a dream to play in the Premier league, and it was always a team like Arsenal that I would like to play for.”
Obviously, Holtby cannot announce his decision until the negotiations are done, but inside he has already made up his mind. He is likely to remain with Schalke until summer, as they are doing well in the German Bundesliga and the Champions league. If he joined Arsenal in January, he would be ineligible to play in Europe for us anyway, but we should learn about his future in the new year.