Arsenal strike problems solved? £13m release clause would secure sensational striker

Huntelaar

Arsenal need a striker, and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar would be a shrewd option this summer.

We have been down this road before; Klaas-Jan Huntelaar being linked to Arsenal is not a new one. He was touted as a potential addition in January 2013 before signing a new contract with Schalke; and it was considered - that would be the end of it.

Yet a recent revelation about a contract he signed, can bring the freescoring Dutchman back onto Arsenal's agenda - thanks to the release clause it contains.

The Guardian reported this week that Huntelaar's contract has a release clause of £13 million which can be activated for the first time this coming summer; and Schalke fear his departure is inevitable.

The paper reported this week: "Keeping him at the Veltins-Arena is likely to pose a bigger challenge than holding on to Julian Draxler this summer. The midfielder is three times as expensive but still developing, whereas the striker is fully formed and at the peak of his powers."

Huntelaar is re-discovering those powers after missing the first few months of the season with a knee injury. He has scored a superb 11 goals in 12 goals since his return, including a stunner in the Champions League defeat to Real Madrid.

While he is 30-years-old, at £13 million he has to be of consideration for Arsene Wenger. Two summers ago Manchester United paid almost double the price for Robin van Persie who was just one year younger, and he fired the Red Devils to the Premier League title.

With Bayern Munich 23 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga, an exit could appeal for Huntelaar, as it would take an incredible leap of faith to imagine Schalke usurping them next season. Arsenal are well positioned by contrast to not only win the title this season, but next too - especially if they can sign a player as prolific as Huntelaar.

It was just two seasons ago he netted an impressive 37 goals in 40 games for Schalke; and this summer there simply won't be better strikers on the market at the same price. Arsenal could secure him and Julian Draxler for £50 million and Schalke would not be able to stop them thanks to the clauses in their contracts.

With a reported £100 million to spend that would still allow plenty to strengthen the defence, add a defensive midfielder and even sign one more striker to add to their firepower.

Nobody is saying Huntelaar will be the long-term answer but he can be a crucial piece of a title-winning puzzle, one they potentially cannot afford to overlook.

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