The newspaper that predicted the signing of Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud over the summer before the English press are at it again, with French news franchise L’Equipe claiming Wenger is close to agreeing terms with Klaas-Jan Huntelaar ahead of the January transfer window.
The Dutchman, who currently plies his trade with FC Schalke, has been hotly tipped to join the Gunners as his current deal expires in 2013, and the German outfit have come to terms with selling their star man otherwise they risk loosing him for free in the summer.
The prolific forward who netted twice against Arsenal in the Champions League this season has also been linked with the likes of Inter Milan and Liverpool, however it seems that the Gunners are front runners for his signature with Wenger desperately needing a goal scorer to add to the ranks in the wake of Van Persie’s departure.
The 29-year-old may well move to North London in a deal worth a reported 5 million euros, a bargain for a player of his caliber, and he will be expecting a healthy pay package from the Gunners who have funds to utilize.
It is important to remember however that when Arsenal have funds they are not just for transfer fees but salaries also. For example if Wenger managed to get Huntelaar for £4m pounds, and then paid him 85k a week on a three year deal, that’s £13.3m in wages bringing the acquisition of Huntelaar to £17.3m. Which is just another reason why there won’t be mass signings in January – maybe just two astute buys plus the loan of Henry.
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The Dutchman would be a terrific buy, extremely cheap and he is the type of player we need up front – someone that can turning nothing into a goal scoring opportunity, an agile forward that can run at defences and importantly experience.
What are your thoughts on Huntelaar? Think he would be a decent purchase? Feel free to comment below or in allArsenal’s forum under the Dutchman’s thread.