Arsenal begin talks to sign Klaas-Jan Huntelaar

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We have already had one Arsenal signing (well in the minds of the Zambian FA) yesterday and now it appears that Arsene Wenger is now going after another one – the big one.

Schalke’s potent Dutch striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is, according to The Times (no link because it is a subscription only paper), beginning formal talks with the Gunners who are mulling over his demands for a £100,000-a-week salary along with a three-year contract. Huntelaar has just six months left on his contract with Schalke.

Huntelaar would in many ways be a perfect buy for Arsenal. He is a proven, consistent goalscorer with poaching instincts that mark him out as one of the best in Europe. The player’s aggressive and powerful approach also marks him out as ideal for The Premiership and in many ways it is a surprise that it has taken him so long to consider the English league.

Huntelaar scored goals for fun at Ajax before having had a torrid time in both Milan and Madrid. His record at Schalke however, averaging more than a goal every two games, has once again made him a target for top European clubs. He also played a key role for Schalke in their victory over Arsenal in the Champions League.

If Huntelaar does sign one key question is how does this impact on the future of Theo Walcott? The England player is adamant that he wants to be considered as a striker and performed well in that role on Monday night’s win over Reading. Then again Arsenal have been perilously short of firepower upfront, and with Huntelaar, Walcott and Giroud all able to lead the line they would boast some serious attacking options.

Interestingly Huntelaar has scored more goals for Holland than his rival Robin Van Persie even though they have made roughly the same number of starts.

Arsenal have lost many of their transfer targets recently with Chelsea in particular snatching Hazard, Cahill and Mata – three of Wenger’s key prospects. So might Chelsea, or another Premierhsip club, scupper the deal? Only time will tell.