Chelsea and Liverpool target closing in on Podolski's 10 year record

Max Meyer training with Schalke in August 2013

Max Meyer is having a great debut season - and is closing in on the Under-19 scoring record for the Bundesliga.

While everybody raves about Schalke 04’s Julian Draxler - it is another young German playmaker at the club who has been in better form this campaign.

18-year-old attacker Max Meyer is now a regular in the Gelsenkirchen - and he was rewarded for his development with a new three-year deal in December.

He signed a new three-and-a-half year and at the time stated:

But despite this new deal he is still being mentioned in passing with Premier League teams.

Chelsea were confirmed to be interested in the player by Schalke chief Horst Heldt at the end of 2012 - while Liverpool have also been credited with an interest in the diminutive attacker.

He also told German publication Bild this earlier in the season:

“I will not stay for life at Schalke. I have extended my contract until 2018 and I feel very comfortable here. What happens in the future - I do not know."

That contract has a reported release clause in the region of €25.5 million - so there is no wonder he has tongues wagging.

Meyer at the moment though is at the Bundesliga side - and at the moment is closing in on an Arsenal player’s Bundesliga record.

Meyer has scored six goals for the club so far - his most recent coming against Eintracht Frankfurt last Friday.

And he is just four goals away from matching the Under-19 goalscoring record in the league currently held by Lukas Podolski - he has until the 18th September to meet the target.

The Arsenal star scored 10 goals before his nineteenth birthday with FC Koln and only Horst Koeppel, Olaf Thon and Christian Wuck stand between Meyer’s tally of six and Podolski’s ten.

With the record creeping into sight Schalke boss Horst Heldt has been speaking about the player, stating:

"What about Max, he is extraordinary. He has an awful lot of quality, is present in the space, and runs an enormous amount. We must be careful, of course, that it is not overwrought. But Max has the potential to become a world star. "

Certainly a player to keep an eye on amidst all the Draxler loving.

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