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Arsenal to battle eight teams in race for bargain German playmaker

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Arsenal and eight other clubs are watching Max Meyer’s contract situation at Schalke very closely, according to Sport Bild.

The 22 year old’s current deal expires in the summer, and the Bundesliga club have reportedly made an improved offer in order to persuade the German international into staying at the Veltins-Arena.

Sport Bild say that the Gunners sent scouts to watch Meyer last month when Schalke lost 3-1 to RB Leipzig, and are keen on the midfielder.

The German is believed to have been offered €5.5million a season (approximately £93,000 a week) to remain in the Bundesliga. Schalke’s sporting director Christian Heidel says he expects the player to make a decision on his future soon. He was quoted by as saying:

“Max will be deciding shortly if he wants to stay at Schalke past the summer. Max is very happy here, Schalke is his home, we will try to make it him as comfortable financially as possible.”

Meyer has been employed in an unfamiliar deep lying central midfield role by manager Domenico Tedesco this season. He has however excelled in the position and has helped Schalke to third place in the league table after 20 games.

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