Report - €25.5m gets Arsenal and Chelsea FC Schalke teenage target

Chelsea or Arsenal could still pull off a deal for FC Schalke teenager Max Meyer.

Chelsea and Arsenal were both linked with moves for an FC Schalke youngster before Christmas, no not Julian Draxler but 18-year-old Max Meyer.

Meyer signed a new long term contract with the German club until the summer of 2018 but his buy out clause has just been revealed; €25.5 million.

German newspaper Bild ran a report with the figure which was then Tweeted by Bundesliga expert Jan Aage Fjortoft on Twitter, which suggests that a move to either side could still be possible if either club is willing to put up the cash.

“Meyer can go for €25.5 million,” reads the headline of a story on Bild’s website.

It’s a huge gamble but as Fjortoft points out, Meyer is one of the best prospects in Germany and if the clause can be triggered then a deal could be on the cards this summer.

In his 16 appearances in the Bundesliga this season, Meyer has produced four goals and two assists with six of his appearances coming as a substitute.

There is definite potential there and it will be fascinating to see who takes the multi-million pound gamble on him this summer, especially if Schalke don’t finish in a Champions League position.

Is it a risk? Of course, because this is a youngster with a lot to prove and his current employers expect a huge fee if anyone tries to sign him.

However, it could be a very savvy investment, especially if Meyer blossoms into the sort of player Fjortoft, and plenty in Germany, believe he can become.

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