Schalke and Liverpool have been in contact regarding the possible sale of Max Meyer, the German side's sporting director has confirmed.
Meyer is viewed as one of the most exciting prospects in European football and has been heavily linked with Liverpool in recent seasons. The 21-year-old's contract expires in 2018 and he could be available for a lower price, unless a new contract with Schalke is agreed.
Christian Heidel, sporting director at Schalke, has confirmed contact has been made between the two clubs regarding the potential transfer of Meyer but added he was not sure whether a deal would be struck.
“I last had contact with Klopp after our Europa League match at Gladbach. Is he close to joining Liverpool? I’d argue that I’d know about anything in that direction,” Heidel said, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.
“A new contract? You talk about a new deal when both sides are happy.”
Heidel's comments seem to indicate at least one party is not happy with the current situation at Schalke, meaning Meyer could be contemplating a potential move away from the Veltins-Arena. Given his age, potential and the possible cut-price deal, Meyer seems to be an ideal signing for a Liverpool side in need of squad depth.
However, his form this season has been anything but impressive, notching just one goal and failing to register an assist during 22 Bundesliga appearances so far this season.
Should Meyer sign for the Reds, he would likely be in direct competition with the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mane and Adam Lallana, all of whom have been in great form this season, for a starting position under manager Jurgen Klopp.