Schalke have set midfielder Max Meyer a deadline of March 20th to decide on his future, according to Bild.
The German tabloid reports that Arsenal are among eight clubs awaiting the 22 year old’s decision, but there is no indication so far over who has won the race for the playmaker.
Barcelona are among the other teams pursuing Meyer, but Schalke are also still hopeful of keeping the player after reportedly offering a new contract worth £93,000 a week.
The Bundesliga club have already lost one key player on a Bosman free transfer, with Leon Goreztka set to join Bayern Munich next summer.
Meyer’s future is however still hanging in the balance. The German international has been employed in a much deeper midfield position by manager Domenico Tedesco this season, and has been praised for his successful adaptation to a new role.
It is not known how Arsenal would utilise the playmaker if he were to sign for the Gunners. His diminutive stature would make him vulnerable as an anchor man in the Premier League, while his other favoured position in attacking midfield is already well catered for.