Schalke have made their second big-name striking purchase of the summer by raiding AC Milan for Dutch international forward Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.
After finishing second in the Bundesliga behind Bayern Munich last term, Schalke will be keen to assemble a squad to challenge both domestically and in the Champions League.
Therefore, manager Felix Magath has paid £10.5m for the frontman and he joins former Real Madrid teammate Raul at the club, following his free transfer move earlier in the close season.
Huntelaar admitted that the decision to move to Schalke was made easier by the fact that Milan had sealed a deal with Barcelona to take Zlatan Ibrahimovic on loan for the duration of this season, with a view to a permanent four-year contract upon its conclusion.
The 27-year-old said: “It is true I never wanted to leave Milan but that changed when Zlatan Ibrahimovic came from Barcelona.”
Huntelaar has struggled to hold down regular first-team berths at both Real and Milan, but if he manages to reproduce the form he showed at Ajax, then Schalke could be a good bet at 9/1 to win the Bundesliga.
Before leaving Amsterdam in January 2009, Huntelaar scored 80 goals in 104 games.
Meanwhile, Schalke have continued their big spending by bringing in Jose Manuel Jurado from Atletico Madrid for a reported fee of approximately £10m.
Jurado scored the first goal in Atletico’s 4-0 victory over Sporting Gijon on the opening day of the La Liga season but will now aid Schalke in overcoming their troubled start in Germany, where they have lost their first two games.
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