According to the Daily Mail, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar could leave Schalke this summer for £17million after general manager Horst Heldt confirmed the striker has a buy-out clause in his contract.
The Dutch striker has seemingly regained his past form with Schalke over the past two seasons – last season alone he scored 29 goals in 32 Bundesliga matches – showing signs he is firmly back into the goalscoring form he had with Ajax, after two unsuccessful spells with Real Madrid and AC Milan.
Huntelaar has often been linked with moves to the Premier League in the past, with the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham thought to of been admirers at one point of the clinical front-man.
Schalke general manager Horst Heldt recently stated if the players release clause figure of €20million was triggered by a club, Huntelaar could leave the German outfit this summer.
‘Huntelaar does have a €20 million buyout clause, and the rich club can afford it,’ Heldt told Bild.
‘But, Klaas Jan has always stressed that he wants to be a champion. This he can be only with Real or Barcelona in Spain.
‘I do not think he wants to go there. What would he do there? Since nothing more than the weather is better.’
However there remain question marks over the players overall game-play and what else he offers a team other than his poacher-like instincts. With the player turning 29-years-old before the start of the next campaign, it would be expected a player of his age should be the finished article. However Huntelaar is often criticised over his poor first touch and he it is well know the forward has always lacked a great deal of speed and pace.
At £17million Huntelaar would hardly be a cheap acquisition and after failing on the highest stage previously, it would certainly be a gamble to bring him to the Premier League even with his proven goalscoring record in Holland and Germany over the years.
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