Arsenal are still considering a possible free transfer move for former Schalke midfielder Max Meyer, with two other clubs interested, according to reports in Italy.
TuttoMercatoWeb claim AC Milan and Liverpool join the Gunners in targeting the 22-year-old midfielder. Meyer’s contract with former club Schalke came to an end on June 30th, so he’s free to negotiate a transfer with whichever club he wants at this point.
As a result of the lack of transfer fee, however, he’s reportedly demanding higher wages. The Italian report claims he wants over €5m-a-year (£4.42m), or £85,000-a-week. Those are after tax figures as well, so realistically he wants his new club to pay well over £100,000-a-week.
The problem is that Meyer had a mixed season. He was excellent at winning the ball back, and his passing was up to its usual high standards, but he struggled in many other areas like aerial duels, crossing and finishing.
Part of that probably goes down to the uncertainty around his future. Schalke players and fans have expected him to leave for a while, so they might not have given him quite as much support on and off the pitch.
Nonetheless, now that Arsenal have made a couple of midfield signings, this deal doesn’t seem particularly likely. The only thing keeping it alive is the lack of transfer fee, but we’ll see if that’s enough.