An 18-year-old FC Schalke midfielder could create the biggest bidding war in the Premier League next summer.
Max Meyer is the next teenage prodigy according to German newspaper Bild and he’s the youngster that could enable Julian Draxler to move to the Premier League next summer in a multi-million pound deal.
Meyer has been gently nursed into the Schalke first team so far this season and his impact in the league and the DFB-Pokal, have led to suggestions in Germany that he could be as good as, if not better than Draxler.
Maxler’s performance in a 3-1 cup win against Darmstadt has led to glittering praise from Schalke’s general manager Horst Heldt, who told Bild;
“In addition to the referee Max was the best man on the pitch.”
Although Draxler has extended his contract at the German club, which currently expires in 2018, there is a good chance the side could listen to offers which could easily go over the €45 million buy out clause in his current deal.
Schalke are under no pressure to sell so his agent doesn’t have to go about trying to sell his player to various sides, as he’s not looking for a way out.
That means that clubs will have to go to Schalke directly if they want the player and start making big money offers.
Considering the calibre of some of the clubs that have been linked with Draxler, the amount of those bids could start to seriously pile up, becoming much higher than the buy out clause in his deal.
Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and several other top European sides are thought to have an interest in him, which means bid after bid after bid could go in for him, with clubs looking to prize him away from Schalke’s grasp.
Schalke will be much more willing to let a player like Draxler leave, if they have someone of similar, if not better, potential in their squad who can eventually step into the first team regularly and consistently to replace him.
A lot also depends on the position the club find themselves in at the end of the season.
Schalke are a side that has been used to European football in the recent past but they have made an appalling start to the season and find themselves 14th in the Bundesliga table, nine points off of top spot.
As much as Draxler may love Schalke and want to stay there, he also has ambition and desire which could force him out of a long term contract and onto a bigger club.
Nothing will happen until after the World Cup because Draxler himself has made it clear he doesn’t want to leave Germany this season as he aims to get into the country’s World Cup squad for next summer.
However, it wouldn’t be surprising if one bid goes in after the tournament in Brazil, which triggers domino effect that leaves Schalke literally rolling in cash.
Do you want to see your club go after him? How much is he realistically worth?
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