Old Trafford boss wants talented striker.
The Dutch hitman has rediscovered his form following unsuccessful spells at Real Madrid and AC Milan, and United are now monitoring his situation with Berbatov seemingly on his way out of Old Trafford.
Huntelaar has hit an impressive 16 goals in 18 appearances this season, but with his contract due to expire in 2013, Schalke may be forced to cash in on the striker in January rather than risk losing him on the cheap in the summer.
Berbatov meanwhile, looks to be no closer to agreeing a new deal with United, and with Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck ahead of him in the pecking order, there appears to be no future for the 30-year-old under Sir Alex Ferguson beyond this season.
The Bulgarian is out of contract in July, and United will surely be keen to recoup some of the £30million they spent on him back in 2008, meaning a swap deal with Schalke for Huntelaar could well be on the cards.
Huntelaar, 28, was signed by the Bundesliga outfit for £10million from AC Milan back on the August transfer deadline day in 2010.
There appears to be some mileage in this story as a number of sources have stated that Manchester United may well be interested in making a bid in the region of £12m for the 28 year old and whilst some may argue that the Dutchman failed at Real Madrid and AC Milan it is worth noting that he never really got the rub of the green at the Bernabeu or San Siro and has actually scored goals with alarming ease wherever he has played.
Klaas Jan Huntelaar netted 144 goals in 197 games for Heerenveen and Ajax before his high profile move to Real Madrid but he was left out in the cold when after six months the manager who signed him, Juande Ramos, was sacked. During his half season at the La Liga club he scored eight goals from 13 starts, not bad.
He was then sold to AC Milan where he spent one season, scoring seven goals in 11 starts before he was once again sold, this time to Schalke where he has been a big hit alongside Raul up front. In 18 months at the club he has scored a healthy 34 goals in 53 games and he has also been incredibly prolific on international duty and is the Euro 2012 qualification top scorer with 12 goals.
Manchester United have an established first choice front two in Javier Hernandez and Wayne Rooney. Sir Alex Ferguson also has the adaptable Danny Welbeck to turn to and it’s likely that both Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Owen will be on their way either in January of next summer, leaving a spot for Huntelaar, who would no doubt relish the chance of a move to the Premier League champions.