The Times [£] are today reporting that Arsenal have opened formal talks with Schalke over the signing of Dutch forward Klaas ‘I hate van Persie’ Jan Huntelaar who is running down his contract with the German club and does not seem to have any interest in renewing his deal.
According to the paper Huntelaar is asking for £100,000 per week which would make him the highest paid player at Arsenal but you would consider that to be his opening bargaining position and that Arsenal would talk him down from that. They report that Schalke want approximately £6m for the player who will only have six months left on his deal in January.
The story regarding Huntelaar to Arsenal has seen a lot of column inches recently with people saying the deal is done, the deal is off, he’s going to Italy, and even last night a rumour surfaced that he was set to sign a new deal with Schalke, however the German club moved quickly to deny that.
The Times have went pretty big on this story and as you know, they aren’t usually ones to indulge in tabloid fodder, so it could be that this one has some measure of truth to it.
I guess time will tell.