Premier League duo eyeing Schalke star.
Arsenal and Liverpool target Lewis Holtby has refused to sign a contract extension at Schalke and confirmed his intention to leave the club on a free transfer at the end of the season, reports Goal.com.
The 22-year-old, who has an English father and German mother, decided against renewing his deal with the Bundesliga giants, a decision regretted by Schalke’s general manager Horst Heldt.
“We wished that Lewis [Holtby] saw his future at Schalke,” Heldt told Schalke’s official website.
“But like Klaas-Jan now he has made a personal decision that we respect.
“We are sure that he will give [everything] up to the last day of the season to make the contribution of our team successful.”
Holtby can play anywhere across the midfielder but has excelled centrally for the German outfit this season.
The German international has made 17 appearances in the Bundesliga, scoring 3 times and laying on 5 assists.
The talented playmaker also started every game one of Schalke’s Champions League group games, as they topped their group ahead of the Gunners.
Arsenal and Liverpool are now set to battle it out for Holtby in the summer.
The former Alemannia Aachen star is a boyhood Everton fan, which may hand Arsenal the upper hand in the race for the German.
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