Arsenal are reportedly one of five European clubs eyeing move for Schalke’s Max Meyer this summer who is now a free agent upon the expiry of his contract with the Bundesliga club end of June.
Meyer has been linked with the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Real Madrid and Juventus due to his standing as one of Germany’s top rising talents.
Arsenal, however, appear to have been credited with interest in signing the midfielder for some time as they are planning ahead for long-term future.
However, it seems Meyer’s wage demands might see the Gunners lose out on his signing this summer. German newspaper the Sport Bild via the Express claims the Premier League club were told Meyer wants to earn more than £4m (€4.5m) a year in order to commit his future with a new club.
Arsenal’s chiefs are unwilling to meet with his asking price, and have opted against offering him a new deal at the club. It’s also believed Liverpool have also backed out on chances of signing him this summer due to high £4m (€4.5m) a year wage demands that would see him earning around £77,000 a week.
The German midfielder who is also capable of playing as a deep-lying playmaker’s agent Roger Wittman is reportedly in talks with Marseille regarding a move for his client this summer.
Seeing Meyer would be a sad news for Arsenal fans who former boss Arsene Wenger would had consider a move for had he still been at the club.
The Frenchman was known to be a long-time admirer of the 22-year-old midfielder but Wenger’s exit has seen the club’s transfer business take a new dimension under Sven Mislintat and Raul Sanllehi.