Tuesday, 28 October 2008

Arsenal Lead Chelsea, Man City & Real In January Race For Huntelaar?

Premier League clubs Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City along with La Liga Champions Real Madrid are set to battle it out for the signature of Ajax star Klaas-Jan Huntelaar when the transfer window reopens in January, according to reports.

25-year-old Huntelaar’s agent Arnold Oosterveer revealed last week that the prolific Dutch International is will not be signing a new deal at the Amsterdam Arena. With Godenzonen coach Marco Van Basten also claiming recently that “every year it is becoming more difficult to keep him”, which has alerted the giants of the European game to the situation.

Los Merengues had been understood to be the front runners for the signature of the former SC Heerenveen striker in January, should he decide to leave Amsterdam, but Huntelaar seems set on a move to the Premiership. With the Dutchman revealing his desire to play in England.

Huntelaar said: “It would be great to play in England...the atmosphere in the stadiums is incredible.”

Despite both Chelsea and Man City’s interest it is the Gunners that are believed to be in pole position for Huntelaar, with former Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp, who is now on the coaching staff at Ajax sure to have some influence in where the striker ends up. With manager Arsene Wenger reportedly ready to make an offer of £22million in January to bring Huntelaar to the Emirates Stadium.

City could however muscle in on any move, with it understood that Ajax rejected an offer in the region £32million on transfer deadline day from the Blue half of Manchester, with Chelsea and Real also keeping a close eye on how the situation develops.

Huntelaar has been at Ajax since 2005 and has scored an incredible 71 goals in just 85 appearances for the Dutch giants and has found the net 10 times in 18 caps for Holland and is widely regarded as the one of the hottest properties in Europe.

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