Arsenal Transfer Rumors: Huntelaar's Demands Will Be Too Much for Gunners

Michael DulkaContributor IDecember 21, 2012

BILBAO, SPAIN - APRIL 05: Klaas-Jan Huntelaar of FC Schalke 04 duels for the ball with Fernando Amorebieta of Athletic Bilbao during the UEFA Europa League quarter-final second leg match between Athletic Bilbao and FC Schalke 04 at San Mames Stadium on April 5, 2012 in Bilbao, Spain. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)
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Klaas-Jan Huntelaar won't be cheap should Arsenal make a move for the Schalke player. According to various reports, including the Daily Mail and the Mirror, Huntelaar and his representatives are asking for him to be paid the highest player at the club with a weekly wage of £100,000.

Despite an affordable transfer fee of £6m, Huntelaar will price himself out of the Gunners' January plans.

Wenger's biggest criticism over the last few years is that he is unwilling to pay top players at the club and would rather sell them to balance the books. It would be out of character for him to pay big money to bring Huntelaar over from Germany. 

In addition to Huntelaar wanting £100,000 per week, the club is already dealing with Theo Walcott's contract situation and his desires to be paid as the top-man at the club. Should they add Huntelaar's hefty wage bill, it could just add even more complications to Walcott's situation. 

It's hard to imagine that Wenger pays both wages that high, which could set up Walcott leaving in January on a transfer or in the summer when his contract expires. 

Huntelaar would add some firepower to the squad as he's proven in three of the top leagues (La Liga, Serie A and Bundesliga) in the world already. Arsenal could use his goal-scoring ability upfront as they look to climb into the top-four of the table. 

Arsenal haven't had many problems scoring goals as they currently sit third in goals scored with 31 in the 17 matches they've played. They have had a problem getting results. They've been held scoreless in six matches and scored just one goal in four others. 

Huntelaar is definitely the type of player that can change a game with one moment of brilliance and spark. In some of those games where Arsenal was held in their attack, he could be the difference by taking advantage of even the slightest of chances. 

The move would make a lot more sense if not for Huntelaar's demands being as high as they are currently. Unless he drops his demands and works for less money than he's asking, the move shouldn't be expected to happen. 

With the 29-year-old looking to cash in on one last big contract, Huntelaar is likely to go where the money comes from. He should get a number of offers with his contract ending in the summer and likely another team will offer a higher wage than what Wenger will be forward.