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Schalke doubt Arsenal have enough cash to purchase Huntelaar


Schalke don’t expect Klaas-Jan Huntelaar to join Arsenal in the winter.

Arsene Wenger is still on the lookout for a new goalscorer, having lost Robin van Persie to Manchester United during the summer window. Although Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski have impressed since their arrivals in the capital, there is still a huge void in the Gunners attack since the departure of the Dutchman.

A move for Holland international Huntelaar has been mooted for some time, as the 29-year-old enters the final six months of his contract at Schalke. However, the German club insist they have not been approached by the Emirates Stadium outfit, and doubt the Londoners have enough cash to land their star frontman.

"There have been offers for Klaas-Jan," general manager Horst Heldt said in The Sun. "If someone comes to us six months before the expiry date, and has a lot of money, we will deal with it. But from Arsenal circles we hear there is no money anyway."

Huntelaar, who has 34 goals in 59 appearances for Holland, struggled to find his golden touch during spells in two of Europe’s biggest leagues, Spain and Italy. During a short stint at Real Madrid in 2009 he notched eight goals in 20 appearances, whilst in Serie A he scored one less in 25 outings for Milan during the 2009-10 campaign.

He has, though, found the form of his days in Holland with Heerenveen and Ajax since moving to the Bundesliga, and he has 42 goals in 70 matches for his current employers. The 6ft 1in hitman has always has ambitions of playing in England, and actually scored the first ever goal at the Emirates during a friendly match with Ajax.

Due to his contract situation, it is thought that an offer of around £6million would be enough to land his signature in January. And whilst Heldt is of the opinion that Wenger has no money to cash, such a fee would easily be within the budget set aside for the French coach as he looks to secure another top-four finish.

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