Schalke swoop for Huntelaar

Klaas Jan Huntelaar has become the first big-name player to move clubs on the final day of the current transfer window after joining Bundesliga club Schalke from AC Milan.

The Holland international, 27, has made a £13million euros switch to Gelsenkirchen - joining former Real Madrid team-mate Raul, who signed earlier this summer.

Schalke boss Felix Magath told Bild newspaper: "Negotiations were tougher than expected. I am happy to have Klaas Jan. He will help us."

Huntelaar has failed to fully establish himself at first Real and then Milan since leaving Ajax in January 2009, scoring 15 goals in 50 appearances in that time.

But he was prolific during his time in Amsterdam, finding the net 80 times in 104 games after joining from Eerstedivisie side AGOVV Apeldoorn.

"Klaas Jan wants to continue his career at Schalke. Schalke and Milan have agreed on a transfer fee of about 13 million," read an article on his personal website, www.klaasjanhuntelaar.com.

"It is true I never wanted to leave Milan but that changed when Zlatan Ibrahimovic came from Barcelona," he said.

Schalke have moved to liven up their side after losing their opening two Bundesliga games of the season.

Schalke have also agreed a fee with Atletico Madrid for Jose Manuel Jurado.

Atletico confirmed following last night's 4-0 win over Sporting Gijon that they had agreed to sell the playmaker.

No details of the deal were announced but Spanish media are reporting that Schalke will pay around 13million euros for the 24-year-old, who opened the scoring against Sporting at the Vicente Calderon.

An Atletico statement said: "Atletico Madrid have reached an agreement with Schalke for the transfer of Jose Manuel Jurado to the German team. The agreement between the two teams was closed on the night of August 30.

"In the coming hours he will leave for Germany, where he will be presented by Schalke.

"Atletico Madrid want to thank him for his professionalism and dedication during the years he has been at the Vicente Calderon. We also wish him the best in this new stage of his career."

Jurado came up through the ranks at Real Madrid before moving across town to Atletico in 2006.

He spent the 2008/09 campaign on loan at Real Mallorca before returning to Atletico last season, when he helped the Rojiblancos win the Europa League - the club's first trophy in 14 years - and reach the final of the Copa del Rey.

Speaking after the Sporting match, Jurado said: "I know that I'm leaving my home, my friends, but there are times in life when you cannot say no.

"I'm a little sad because this is my home and I've been treated very well here. I give thanks to my team-mates and all the staff at the club because they've been phenomenal with me. I hope that it will be a 'see you later' rather than goodbye.

"I hope Atletico Madrid continue like they have been doing and have lots of luck this season."

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