Atletico Madrid have emerged as shock contenders to land Schalke contract rebel May Meyer on a free transfer this summer.
Atletico's senior squad was reduced to 19 players after the departures of Yannick Carrasco, Miguel Angel Moya and Nicolas Gaitan last month due to the differing transfer windows across the globe.
And Meyer has now been earmarked as a key transfer target heading into the summer months as the 22-year-old winds down his contract in Gelsenkirchen, with no hopes of preventing him from leaving for nothing come 1st July.
Simeone is believed to have stated that Meyer would 'assist' in rejuvenating his squad at the end of this term too as he looks to reduce the age range in his squad at Wanda Metropolitano.
Bayern Munich had seemed to be surefire favourites to land Meyer at the end of the season as the German giants look to snap up yet another talented player in their homeland.
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Worst part about the reports of Max Meyer rejecting a contract offer is that it's believable. Sad to think that some of our players are actually not convinced by our progress.— Ethan (@TedescoTime) February 27, 2018
The emergence of Los Rojiblancos could scupper that deal, however, with the possibility that Meyer would not be afforded regular football at the Allianz Arena.
The centre midfielder has featured in 22 of Schalke's 25 league matches so far this term despite him stating that he would not be renewing his contract with Domenico Todesco's team.
A product of the Schalke academy, Meyer broke into the first-team fold back in the summer o 2013 and has gone on to rack up 22 goals and 24 assists in almost 200 appearances for Schalke.