Arsenal and Manchester United are keeping a close eye on Arne Maier, a player dubbed the ‘new Toni Kroos’.

OBERHAUSEN, GERMANY - MAY 27: (L-R) Arne Maier and Palko Dardai of Berlin celebrate wit. He German trophy after winning 3-1 the German A Juniors Championship Final between FC Schalke 04 U19 and Hertha BSC Berlin U19 at Stadion Niederrhein on May 27, 2018 in Oberhausen, Germany. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images)
OBERHAUSEN, GERMANY – MAY 27: (L-R) Arne Maier and Palko Dardai of Berlin celebrate wit. He German trophy after winning 3-1 the German A Juniors Championship Final between FC Schalke 04 U19 and Hertha BSC Berlin U19 at Stadion Niederrhein on May 27, 2018 in Oberhausen, Germany. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Although he’s still only 19, Arne Maier is a first-team regular for Hertha Berlin while he is expected to get his first German team call-up in the near future.

Priced at around £15m, it is claimed that Arsenal or United will have to part with around £30m to land him, a price that is surely too rich for the Gunners who are only meant to have £40m to play with in total (excluding any money generated from sales).

Maier signed for Hertha Berlin when he was just nine years old, moving from Ludwigsfelder FC Jugend. A right-footer who plays in the centre of midfield, he is under contract until 2022 after signing an extension in February.

A player with a great pass and concentration levels in advance of his teenage years, Maier looks set to enjoy a stellar career. Where that will be is hard to say at this stage.

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At £30m, however, it is unlikely it will be at Arsenal in the foreseeable future although, along with Manchester United, they are expected to scout him again next weekend when they face Stuttgart.

SOURCEThe S*n
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