Arsenal, Liverpool on alert as Schalke star rejects deal

Matt Stead

Arsenal and Liverpool target Max Meyer has rejected Schalke’s offer of a new contract.

Meyer has been with the Bundesliga side since 2009, making his first-team debut for them in 2013.

The 22-year-old impressed but was not a regular starter until he moved from attacking midfielder into holding midfielder this season.

Schalke are eager to recognise his improved performances with a new contract amid interest throughout Europe, but Meyer has turned down the offer.

Arsenal and Liverpool have been linked with the German international, and will continue to monitor the situation. His current contract expires at the end of the season.

“Max Meyer’s agents, on Jan. 12, received an offer limited until Feb. 15, and on Feb. 15 informed us via email that Max has turned down the offer because of the time limit,” Schalke director Christian Heidel told Der Westen.

“We duly noted it and for now are not bound by it. This does not mean that he will not prolong his contract.

“Schalke must press forward with their planning for the new season.

Speaking to Sport Bild, he added: “If Max Meyer approaches us and says he wants to continue playing for Schalke, that’s wonderful. But we can’t and won’t wait for much longer.”

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