Klaas-Jan Huntelaar: The Dutch striker has started to re-build his career at Schalke after disappointing stints in Spain and Italy but suggestions are that the German side have said that he can leave if the £17m buy out clause in his contract is met. Needless to say, as an long term ‘target’ Spurs are one of the clubs mentioned in the reports.
‘Huntelaar does have a €20 million buyout clause, and the rich club can afford it,’ said Schalke general manager Horst Held.
‘But, Klaas Jan has always stressed that he wants to be a champion. This he can be only with Real or Barcelona in Spain.
‘I do not think he wants to go there. What would he do there? Since nothing more than the weather is better.’
The forward was supposedly seen as one of the reasons why Rafael van der Vaart would consider a move to the German side, not that his departure is likely to have much influence in that sense. Ironically, both players were inexplicably left out of the Dutch starting line ups at the beginning of Euro 2012 and as they both return home early, maybe their respective futures will be sorted very soon.