Schalke midfielder Max Meyer has turned down a contract extension with the club and, as he is entering the final year of his deal, is almost guaranteed to be moving on.
Top-four clubs Liverpool and Tottenham are those most linked with the 21-year-old German midfielder, who has expressed a desire to play in the Premier League. The Schalke youth graduate is a supreme talent and could provide a major boost to either sides’ title hopes if he can regain his early career form.
Meyer experienced a difficult season last year along with the rest of the Schalke squad. The European regulars finished 10th in the Bundesliga, recovering well after losing their first five games of the season. The attacking midfielder only scored one goal and assisted three in the league, but it appears to be more of an anomaly than the start of a trend.
The German international made his professional debut in February 2013 for Schalke and produced in his first three seasons, drawing the attention of the world’s biggest clubs. He scored 16 league goals across his first three Bundesliga seasons and has impressed in the Champions League as well. His performance against Chelsea in 2013 made him a transfer target for the London club at the time.
Meyer has been compared to compatriot Mesut Ozil and, aged just 21, has plenty of time to become a world-class player. He would fit in perfectly with Mauricio Pochettino’s youthful Spurs squad, especially with Erik Lamela’s injury issues and the failure for Georges-Kevin Nkoudou to establish himself, and would also fit into Jurgen Klopp’s attacking Liverpool squad.
The German was on Joachim Low’s provisional squad for the title-winning World Cup squad before even earning a senior cap and was a member of the German Olympic team last summer, equalising in the final before falling to Brazil in a shootout.
As a player, Meyer is a dribbling menace after spending time in his youth playing futsal as well as football. He isn’t a big player, standing 1.73 meters, but more than makes up for it with his skill and accurate passing. He has 16 assists in his Bundesliga career and could flourish under the tutelage of Klopp or Pochettino. Learning from star midfielders like Philippe Coutinho or Dele Alli would also do wonders for the 21-year-old’s development.
It is uncertain the fee size that Schalke want for Meyer, but his contract status means that the Bundesliga club are almost certain to sell for a discounted price instead of losing him for nothing next summer. Whichever Premier League club wins the potential bidding war is going to get a young midfielder who is already really good with the potential to become a world-class goal creator.