Huntelaar to join Schalke from AC Milan

Netherlands forward Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is set to join

Bundesliga club Schalke from AC Milan.

Schalke coach Felix Magath was quoted Tuesday in German daily

Bild as saying that ”the negotiations were more difficult than

expected.”

But he added: ”I am looking forward to Klaas-Jan – he will help

us.”

Magath has revamped Schalke by releasing costly veterans and

bringing in former Spain striker Raul Gonzalez and former Germany

defender Christoph Metzelder on free transfers from Real

Madrid.

However, Schalke – which finished second last season and

qualified for the Champions League – has lost both its first two

Bundesliga matches.

The club also completed the signing of Atletico Madrid

midfielder Jose Manual Jurado for a reported ?13 million ($16.5

million) on Tuesday.