Arsenal target’s contract has minimum release fee, meaning Emirates Stadium move could still happen.
German newspaper Bild have revealed that although FC Schalke 04 striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar signed a new contract on December 23rd 2012, he may well still leave the Gelsenkirchen club.
The Netherlands international – whose prowess in front of goal and surname have resulted in the moniker ‘The Hunter’ – reportedly has a €15 million release clause in his contract (approximately £12.2m), meaning that any club who bids that amount will be free to discuss personal terms with the player.
It means that the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool have rather surprisingly been handed a second bite of the cherry to sign Huntelaar, but whether they will take up their option remains to be seen.
Had Huntelaar not signed a new deal, he was thought to be available for as little as £4 million in January, as his contract was set to expire at the end of the season.
£12m for a player set to turn 30 in August seems a high sum, and though Huntelaar’s game has never relied on pace, there is still no telling how long he has left at the highest level.
What’s more, the Dutchman has not been able to break into the first team on a regular basis at either of the truly huge European clubs he has played for – Real Madrid and AC Milan.
Though his goals per game record throughout his career has been fantastic, there is no guarantee he would adapt to the Premier League, and it seems a large sum to spend on someone about to enter their fourth decade.
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