Schalke striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has put off talks over a new deal until after Euro 2012, putting Arsenal on red alert…
The Bundesliga club are keen to ward off potential suitors by offering Huntelaar a fresh contract as reward for the Dutchman’s stunning form, which has seen him net 43 times in 45 appearances for Schalke this season.
However, reports coming out of Germany state that the Dutch striker would be open to a move to the Premier League.
Schalke revealed earlier this month they are prepared to break the bank to keep the 28-year-old. Huntelaar still has over a year left on his current contract but the German outfit are ready to offer him a lucrative two-year extension.
With top clubs around Europe able to offer him a better package than Schalke, a positive Euro 2012 may mean the Bundesliga club simply cannot fend off the competition, although Schalke’s president Clemens Tonnies believes Huntelaar’s decision will not be purely based on money.
“We are making Klaas a top offer” he told Sport1 television. “I believe that the well-being factor will play a role in his decision and he is very close to his Dutch home here with Schalke.”
Huntelaar has revealed he does not want to think about his future until after this summer’s Euro 2012 finals with Holland.
“There will be time to gather my thoughts after the season,” Huntelaar told Bild.
“Before then, I want to focus on scoring goals and not let myself be distracted at the European Championships.”
The ex Milan player would be a fantastic addition to Wenger’s side, which already sees German striker Lukas Poloski added to their squad list for next year. Furthermore, the striker is no stranger to Arsenal’s captain and talisman, Robin van Persie – with the two strikers playing together numerous times for their national team.
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