Arsenal and Chelsea are preparing to go head-to-head in a battle to land Schalke winger Jefferson Farfan on a free transfer at the end of the season, reports talkSPORT.
According to Peruvian tabloid Trome, both London clubs are monitoring the 27-year-old’s situation with the Bundesliga outfit as his current contract is due to expire in the summer. Schalke had offered Farfan a new bumper deal but he rejected a contract extension with his club unwilling to match his high wage demands. The Peruvian is now unlikely to pen a new deal at the Veltins Arena in hope of moving to a bigger European side.
The tricky winger had been tipped for a move to the Premier League in the January transfer window. Footballtransfertavern.com revealed in November that Arsenal were interested in a swap deal taking Farfan to The Emirates with Gunners out-of-favour forward Andrei Arshavin going in the opposite direction.
Schalke now risk losing their man for nothing. Russian clubs Rubin Kazan and Zenit St Petersburg had previously been linked with a move for the Peruvian and they offer the German’s the only hope of recouping any sort of fee as their transfer window does not close until 24th February 2012.
Farfan joined the Gelsenkirchen side on a 4-year contract from PSV Eindhoven in the summer of 2008 for £8m. Since then he has made 135 appearances for the Royal Blues scoring on 32 occasions but has been hampered by injuries this season. The highly-rated winger has only recently recovered from a torn ligament and returned to action in Schalke’s a 1-1 draw with Mainz at the weekend.
If Farfan remains with the title chasing Bundesliga club for the rest of the season, both Arsenal and Chelsea could offer him a big money move to the Premier League. Italian giants Juventus and Inter Milan are also said to be tracking the Peruvian.
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