While Schalke’s Julian Draxler has attracted most of the headlines when it comes to a potential move to Arsenal, his current teammate Max Meyer has also been linked with a switch to the Emirates Stadium in the past.
Those hopes were seemingly dashed when the 18-year-old signed a new deal with the Bundesliga club back in December, but it was later reported that said contract contained a €25.5million release-clause.
Meyer is an attacking midfielder who is also comfortable on either wing. Along with Draxler, he is regarded as Schalke’s crown gel, and is a regular starter for the club despite his age.
Meyer has five goals and two assists in the Bundesliga this season and six and three in all competitions. And it remains to be seen if anyone will make the necessary bid for him next summer or beyond.
But even if they do, he will have to agree to the move; something that appears unlikely given a recent interview with German newspaper Die Welt.
The report says that Meyer was reluctant to discuss his reported release-clause.
“I cannot say anything, because you have other people to ask,” he is quoted as saying.
But the paper adds, “He could only say that he had no reason to leave the club because he was feeling very well.”
Given his age, there is no reason to make a move yet. After all, he could see out his new Schalke contract and still only be 22.
Maybe then he could reunite with Draxler in North London…assuming his current teammate has made the oft-touted move by then.
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