Barcelona have reportedly ended their pursuit of Schalke star Max Meyer in order to turn their attention to signing Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann and Gremio's highly-rated Arthur Melo.
22-year-old Meyer sees his contract with the Bundesliga outfit expire in the summer, enabling him to negotiate a move elsewhere for the start of next season - a situation which first attracted Barcelona's interest.
The playmaker had been carefully watched by the Spanish giants after their international adviser attended Schalke's 1-1 league draw with Bayer Leverkusen in October, where Leon Gotetzka, Julian Brandt and Benjamin Henrichs were also of interest.
However, after missing out on signing Goretzka - who agreed to join Bayern Munich - and successfully securing Philippe Coutinho in January
Arthur melo fits Barca's style but in the place of Griezmaan don't you think Barca should go for a younger player to replace Suarez, like Warner or Belotti.— MSH (@Msuleimaan) February 8, 2018
The news of Barcelona dropping their interest in Meyer will come as a boost to Arsenal as the Gunners have recently been linked with a move for the 22-year-old, and could be tempted to snap the young star up on a free deal in the summer.
However, it will not be a straightforward deal for Arsenal as Schalke remain hopeful of extending his stay at the club, whilst Bayern Munich and Juventus are also said to be monitoring the situation.