PL rivals abandon race for Arsenal’s long-term Bundesliga target

Southampton turned down the opportunity to sign Schalke attacking midfielder Max Meyer as Bild is reporting. The German club offered the relegation-threatened side their star for a figure expected to be around €10m, but the south coast club were not interested.

German has turned down an extension and his contract will expire in the summer. The 22-year-old’s availability on a free transfer has sparked the interest of already long-term admirers, Arsenal and Liverpool. Barcelona and Bayern Munich are believed to have scouted the midfielder also. The Bundesliga star was set for amicable departure from his club but has since been suspended.

Max Meyer has appeared in 28 matches across all competitions for his side this term and sporting director Christian Heidel had said: “Meyer will definitely leave Schalke this summer. “We’re dealing with the situation very professionally. It’s all been very amicable.”

While the Gunners are yet to appoint a new manager to replace Arsene Wenger the Emirates outfit have been heavily linked with a move for the youngster after the head of recruitment Sven Mislintat was in Germany earlier in April to watch the Revierderby between Schalke and Borussia Dortmund.