Schalke midfielder Lewis Holtby is in talks regarding a move to Arsenal, reports emanating from Germany suggest.
Both Holtby and Huntelaar are currently in the last year of their respective contracts, and would be free to leave the German outfit on free transfers next summer. 22-year-old Holtby, who’s father hails from Liverpool, has been continuously linked with a move to the Premier League, with Brendan Rodgers side thought to be a likely destination. Huntelaar was also heavily linked with a move to Merseyside, and at one point, seemed the most likely of the duo to leave the Veltins Arena.
German newspaper Bild today report that Huntelaar is to take a dramatic u-turn and sign a new long-term deal at the German side, lifted by a wage bump, Schalke’s expected progression to the knock out stages of the Champions League and the burgeoning reputation of German football as a whole.
The former Ajax, Real Madrid and AC Milan striker is quoted as saying, "In recent months, we have done a development. I'm really happy about it. That we reprieved ourselves with a 2-2 draw against Arsenal is a really good sign. With England's Premier League, we are the strongest league in Europe."
An announcement of Huntelaar’s Schalke extension that will end Brendan Rodgers’ hopes of signing the forward could be announced as early as December.
Meanwhile, Schalke are resigned to losing Holtby, with Arsenal already onto the talented midfielder with hope of convincing the Germany international to move to North London, Bild suggest.