Sven Mislintat was in Gelsenkirchen to watch BvB face Schalke as rumours around Max Meyer kick-off again.
Tweeting from the game, Stefan Buczko, Dortmund expert and personal friend of mine, spotted the former Dortmund scout in the stands:
— Stefan Buczko (@StefanBuczko) April 15, 2018
This, of course, set speculation flying and when the dust settled, the common consensus seemed to be that he was there to watch Schalke’s Max Meyer who is out of contract at the end of the season and has been heavily linked with a move to Arsenal.
Just a few weeks ago, Meyer’s agent gave Arsenal’s chances of signing the midfielder another boost when he cancelled a meeting with Schalke over a new contract.
Club president Clemens Tonnies told German outlet Bild that they had a meeting planned with Meyer and his representative, but at the last minute those plans fell apart.
“I had an appointment with Max and his advisor, which was cancelled by his agent on short notice,” Tonnies explained.
Although the Bundesliga club have made him a couple of offers to extend, Meyer has turned them both down.
We previously looked at Meyer as a possible replacement for Santi Cazorla, given his short stature, quick feet and creative abilities.
Looking at the current Arsenal squad, the German would certainly make a good addition. The team don’t have many players capable of building attacks from the back. Instead, players like Özil and Mkhitaryan have to drop deep.
The German would be a low risk option on a free transfer.
Hopefully Arsenal can take advantage of their existing connections with Schalke. Arsene Wenger of course signed Sead Kolašinac last summer, so the Bosnian could help Meyer to make his choice.
Schalke won the game, 2-0. Meyer was on the bench and did not play. A regular starter until January, Meyer has only played 90 minutes for Schalke in the Bundesliga once since the start of February.