With Schalke’s Max Meyer previously linked as Mesut Ozil’s replacement over the summer, could Arsenal finally decide to make a move for this bargain midfielder?
What do Meyer and Ozil have in common? Other than being German, that is…
They’re both out of contract at the end of the season.
In fact, just before the summer, Meyer was linked with the Gunners and even suggested to be the 29-year-old’s replacement.
Therefore, with neither playmaker putting pen to paper on new deals with their respective clubs, could Arsenal return to Schalke to sign the 22-year-old in January?
The Bundesliga side were allegedly asking Arsenal for €17m (£15m) before the summer transfer window opened. Obviously, this is nothing for a playmaker in today’s transfer market.
Last season, Meyer, who’s been at Schalke since 2009, only scored twice and assisted five goals. This isn’t a lot considering he’s an attacking midfielder.
This term, he’s only managed one goal and one assist in 18 appearances over all competitions. Again, not exactly impressive. Especially when you compare him to Ozil. The midfielder’s having a ‘poor’ season yet netted four and assisted five in 16 Premier League appearances.
Granted, Meyer’s good on the ball and when you consider how bad Alexis Sanchez can be, perhaps the German could be a solid addition to the squad. However, I’d be really concerned if we signed him as Ozil’s out-and-out replacement just for the sake of only parting with £15m.
Hopefully, Ozil stays put.