Friday, July 04, 2014

Arsenal And Liverpool Battling For Klaas-Jan Huntelaar

Arsenal’s efforts to sign Klaas-Jan Huntelaar have taken a dent as Liverpool enter the race.

The Reds are resigned to losing Suarez after productive talks between themselves and Barcelona.

Suarez is banned for four months following his third biting incident and manager Brendan Rodgers has lost patience with the striker.

It means Liverpool, who has already added Rickie Lambert to their attacking options this summer, is scouring Europe for high-quality replacements.

Huntelaar is entering the last year of his contract at Schalke and could be available at a knock-down price.

The 30-year-old showed his class to help rescue The Netherlands in their World Cup last 16 clash with Mexico, providing an assist and converting a vital penalty to win the game deep into injury time.

The Gunners have been interested for a while, but had turned their attentions to Mario Balotelli in recent times.

Whether Schalke will opt to keep hold of Huntelaar until his contract expires remains to be seen.

But with Liverpool set to line their coffers to the tune of around £70m from Suarez's sale, they look likely to be in pole position to win any price war for the striker.

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