Schalke coach Felix Magath has confirmed he is hoping to bring Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Jose Manuel Jurado to the Veltins-Arena to help the club recover from their worst start to a Bundesliga campaign in 23 years. Die Königsblauen suffered their second consecutive defeat yesterday when they lost 2-1 to Hanover.
With the transfer window set to close at midnight on Tuesday, Magath has earmarked the 27-year-old AC Milan player as the ideal strike partner for Spainish veteran Raul, while he believes the Atletico Madrid attacking midfielder would add creativity.
Magath skipped training today to work on chasing the signings and while Raul gloomily wrote autographs, Christoph Metzelder trotted around the training ground in Gelsenkirchen.
"I am worried that things could get worse, so I can not leave them as they are," said Magath, whose side will play in the UEFA Champions League next month. "We will see where we can make a few changes, we have enough money."
Magath revealed he has started negotiations with AC Milan for Huntelaar, who is believed to be available for €13m. Schalke have recently let go of Kevin Kuranyi, Heiko Westermann, Rafinha and Marcelo Bordon, but their main problem is in defence.
Metzelder was signed from Real Madrid, but the ex-Germany centre-back was poor against Hanover and was booed by his own fans. Magath laid the blame for his side's sloppy defence firmly at the 29-year-old's door.
"He was brought in to stabilise the defense and this is not working currently," lamented the Schalke coach. "He is going through a bad spell. What makes him so insecure, only he can say."
Metzelder said: "I am not completely unsure of myself, but everyone can imagine that all this is not easy for me. I must work through this and I am not satisfied with my performance."